Two Counts of Aggravated Assault


The jurors were downright fascinated

by the 90 year old man,

who was a picture of both anger and fear

on the witness stand,

and what kept filling his head,

were the last words his wife said,

in god’s absence

we must learn to cope,

because life at any age

is worth a shred of hope.

He pointed to the boys

who murdered his wife without care,

his testimony was laced with tears,

recounting the details of what the defendant called

some shocking spasm of random violence,

but he was certain that it was them,

pistol whipped his 85 year old wife

at a local ATM,

the defendant argued

that she was at the end of her life,

she was old,

his words were monosyllabic and cold,

and they rushed out of his mouth faster

and faster,

he was the grand master

of a pathetic parade of human misery,

that just kept calling him,

very grim,

then after the deliberation,

the air felt thin

and the verdict came in,

guilty on two counts of aggravated assault,

in other words,

cause of death

wasn’t their fault.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

Wake up hear ye hear ye, as I rise, the sound that I hear was to me, no surprise , guilty on all counts.

Brethren Frank at his fluid best, describing.

Your no nonsense approach to detailed reporting and commenting, are the attributes which makes your presence one of great significance here.

No one does it better, would you say?

Keep up your good work.

Bless.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

This is wonderful writing...and it is so true. As a people we have come from so far away from what is right and wrong..thank you for writing this..just excellent....I voted up and awesome..debbie


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you Sky for that tremendous amount of confidence in my work and Our Ms Brooks.. it's folks like you that keep me writing bless you for that in fact bless the both of you..:) you guys are up and awesome..:) Frank


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

This is such a great story, how long are they in jail for? Voted up and awesome for your poem and you know I mean these words.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Writer20 like I said before Honestly where would my writing be without you.. you are the best!!!!


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

It takes talent to tell a story in poetry and you pulled it off in grand style. It's so sad but also a true commentary on current conditions. You pulled at my heart with this one.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Poetvix for your comment and your visit :)


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I think this is the first 'trial by poetry' that I have ever read. Nicely written.

It is shocking how the murderers manage to weasle their way out of taking what should be their just punishment.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks for stopping by Rosemay50 and commenting on my Two Counts :) Frank


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

the story is very grim Frank, no mercy...i'm started to wonder whether you're a cop or a lawyer?you're very good at describing the events...


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks so much Raci


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Once again, powerfully written. I always feel like I am there in the moment whjn I read your stories. Up and awesome!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much for stopping by BTRBELL :)


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

How sad. I wanted to cry thanks to your superb writing. There is never a time to take another life and no defense of it. You've shown how pathetic society is when it comes to returning a verdict.

Very moving Frank.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton Author

til thank you for your wonderful comments bless you


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AudreyHowitt 19 months ago from California

Wow--how did I miss this one Frank? Great write Frank!


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Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks Audrey


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MsDora 19 months ago from The Caribbean

Emotions involved right through to the shocking conclusion. Great lines in great poetry.


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Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks MsDora

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