Tuesday, August 3rd


Tuesday, August 3rd,

this time reality was heard,

the war on drugs,

turned out to be a disgrace,

the young girl stifles a cry,

then falls into her mother’s embrace,

her brother was dead,

shot five times,

twice in the head,

reality burns,

the woman takes the child

in her arms and turns,

facing the dining room wall,

the detective watched the woman fight

a wave of emotions,

as her reality would break down to a stall,

at the end of her tunnel there was no light,

no light at all,

her body tensing,

her eyes closing tight,

everything was bleak,

empty, hollow,

the mother turned back toward the detective,

and she tried to speak,

but her words were lost in a hard swallow,

she knew what he knew,

as her young daughter cried,

the detective wasn’t there to tell her

that her son died,

as the crying girl suddenly fell to her feet,

and the mother was arrested

for making her son sell drugs on the street.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Dear Mr. Frank....I got to say these are so good to read. these poems are very good stories that we never know what is going to happen and always with a twist. I love your form of writing..I look forward to your poems,, as usual I voted up and AWESOME...


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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

There is the promise,I spoke of, true and on time. Thanks brethren . Great work , I shall return shortly.

Bless.


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

I worked with kids who were in the American mental health system form just such a scenario. My reality makes it hard to enjoy your clever piece. However, I am a classically educated artist. Art is not always meant to be enjoyed. Your piece is successful, because it stirred deep emotions and perhaps a call to action.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Our Ms Brooks.. thank you I enjoy reading your comments.. Sky you always make good on your promises my friend.. and WD Curry I really respect your comment.. thank you for the honesty


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

You have a way with the unexpected--I was surprised at the end--and I do think this is a reality for many--poverty and drugs and crime become a way of life--Well penned Frank!!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Audrey where would I be without you thank you so much :)


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

You have written of a true tragic fact of life for many in America. The choices of parents often destroy children. I pray for the day when these terrible things are no longer something we know.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

H-- thank you again stay sweet:)


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Frank, we have so many bad things happening here in Las Vegas. On the news yesterday and the day before a 10 year shot himself and the next a 11 year old, the police said they shottings looked like suicides but ususal not that young.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

writer20 we all have that wild west dna in us.. I would like to think that the majority keeps it at bay...:) thanks again for stopping by


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much eddy.. :) have a good holiday and a happy new year too.. all of you guys above :)


Sueswan 4 years ago

A tragic situation when a mother would sacrifice her son to the world of drugs.

Voted up and awesome.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much for reading Sue :)


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

A hard seller!! Great story, what a twist...... Yet, we know these things do happen and are happening around the country! Very well written, Frank! Take care, buddy and have a safe vacation!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

You too lathing Happy Holidays :)


Sunnie Day 3 years ago

Poor little girl, left with the reality of a very dysfunctional family and one that reaped the seeds that they sowed...Very profound and deep. I bet many can relate sadly to this one Frank,


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you sunnie bless you :)


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

This one hits you right between the eyes! Great Frank! Happy New Year to you!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks again X-Man!


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

This poem is a true reflection about the distorted reality we all experience.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Frank, I could scream. The mother did wrong, but she probably needed help more than judgment.


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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Nadine and Msdora for checking out my August 3rd

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