To Remain Silent


All his thoughts ran flat,

to remain silent,

he had that right,

and he was advised that,

but he kept thinking about it all night,

locked up,

in the land of the free,

he faces felony murder,

in the first degree,

chewing his nails

right off his finger tips,

a small, wavering sound

of protest passed his lips,

the fear was clear,

as he pissed in the chair,

as for the homicide unit,

he was in the right place,

and it was a slam dunk case,

bloody knife found

in a back seat of a taxi-cab,

prints matched as it came

from the crime lab,

the blood on his high tops,

matched the blood at the crime scene,

it was a prosecutor’s dream,

he sensed the doom,

as they produced three witnesses,

who were sitting in the next room,

he fought back the tears,

first degree murder,

how many years,

he’ll do some serious time,

but the sad thing about all this,

was that he never committed the crime.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wow! Frank this poem is amazing. Great work.

Voted up, awesome and interesting, your friend Joyce.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much joyce for stopping by :)


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Frank, you always have just wonderful twists at the end and it keeps me coming back! Great job. Another awesome poem for the books. :)


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Frank, another classic pal! Wow, what a perspective this is. I would hate to be in those shoes. Voted up, awesome, and interesting. Have a great weekend Frank.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Well done Frank. The old case of they did him in. Poor slob.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks for always stopping by TTombs and the lyricwriter and thank you too Gypsy bless you all for sharing my silent :)


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

OMG,you always come up with fresh imagery.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

So what I have been hearing is right.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks VG for stopping by and reading and thank you plus welcome MCKbirdbk for visiting


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Ah...and I had him guilty til the end, lol.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL thanks for reading silent Jackie :) Frank


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Great gritty write Frank!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Audrey I hope you're enjoying yourself because you deserve it :) bless you


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

This has happened to many people. Only a few months ago a man here in our state was released after being incarcerated 18 years. DNA evidence proved him innocent. Thanks Frank for a wonderful write that opens hearts and eyes to the fact that all is not black and white.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

I heard about that.. and another one in Florida.. which gave me the idea for this write thanks for stopping by dear friend :) Bless you


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Ely Maverick 4 years ago from The Beautiful Archipelago of the Philippines

Such an expert in spinning words, and that's you!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks ely for stopping by :)


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Great poem. Too bad this has happened so many times to innocent men and women. I just read a novel, "Gone Girl", where a wife disappears and frames her husband for her murder. Amazing that these things can happen. Really tightly wound and worded poem.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks suzettenaples for reading my silent


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sweetie1 4 years ago from India

A very touching poem. Indian jails are filled with so called criminals who never committed any crime and I am sure same must be case all over the world. Problem is every police station want to show that their area has minimum crime rate and if any crime is committed they have solved who did it. In doing so they many a times just don't apply brain and catch the first guy they have their eyes set on and a little evidence is enough for them to close the case.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

very interesting comment sweetie1.. and thanks for stopping by :)


Valleypoet 4 years ago

The ultimate nightmare scenario..you put the story together skilfully in your poetic style....and then..Wham...the awful reality of the situation. A circumstance that is ripe for encouraging philosophical debate, particularly on such matters as the credibility of the death penalty.....poetry that makes you think...nothing better..good job Frank:)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Valley poet :) Frank


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

great read...you always come up with gritty tales Frank...


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Raci :)

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