Wordless Vision


Everything happened too fast,

I couldn’t think,

I put the kitchen knife down

on the bathroom sink,

I felt the anguish in my stomach,

right at the very pit,

what I’ve done was so unbelievable,

I was hopelessly disarmed by it,

and the wordless vision

of my reflection in the mirror

had only a subtle change of expression,

I was the one with the depression,

uneasiness filled the air,

and my reflection stood there,

waiting, debating, watching my fear,

his face was tranquil,

without a trace of care,

knowing that he could see,

what I see,

his large eyes reflecting on me,

lips still, until,

until I moved them,

my guilt covered the reflecting glass

like steam,

and in my mind I hear the scream,

the shrieking voice would stream,

it would go on endlessly, it seemed,

and then,

I grabbed the knife again,

and there was no cause

for my slightest pause,

I turned off the light,

so my reflection wouldn’t put up a fight.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

My reflection would not put up a fight. If this is not poetic justice.

Only a great poet could successfully take the place of a character , give a great portrayal , and come out in one piece .

You simply got the knack brethren.

Great poem.

Bless.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Frank this is truly awesome! I could literally feel the anguish, the pain and the fear! The ending is an absolute master stroke! The feelings and images this last line invokes is beyond my words. I agree with Sky9106 - only a master poet could write such a piece of work!

Voted up + awesome!


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Wow...you truly inspire me. Love your poems and this one is no exception. Voted up and awesome, Frank. Keep 'em coming, friend!


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wonderful scarry poem to read this morning. You have really nailed the end. Vote up and awesome, you know I mean this.


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

Seeker7 thank you so much for your comment..:) Good to see you on Board Kittythedreamer :) and Writer20 I know you always have my back bless you :)


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Fear and depression at once and yet you are still here to read the comments. Must have put that knife down and rethought the consequences of the action leading to no more Hubpages entries. Blessings, Debby


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL.. Debby you made me laugh through the fear and depression..:)


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Deborah Brooks 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow the fear you made me feel.. what a great poem... ONLY YOU COULD DO THIS KIND OF POEM.. I VOTED UP AND AWESOME


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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

There is so much left open to the imagination in this piece--and that really worked for me! Loved this!


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Don't forget to SMILE Frank. Things can only get worse. (HUGS) Debby


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you so much Our Ms Brooks--- and Audrey you are just fantastic and thanks for the Hugs Debby.. you are way too kind :)


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Thank you for relating us to Connie Brooks a famous actress with a huge smile making everyone laugh during difficult years.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

If we stare in a mirror long enough, in the dark of the night, perhaps with a candle burning off to the side, strange and eerie things can happen. That's the setting your poem placed my psyche in Frank. Up n awe for sure.


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

Debby.. hugs right at you :) and Alaster thanks for looking into my wordless mirror :) Frank


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Another great hub and I vote up up and away here without a doubt.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for stopping by Eidd


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marwan asmar 4 years ago from Amman, Jordan

Frank, I was never the one to read poetry but this is very nice, and I am finding everyday I like what I read. Cheers.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you for your comment marwan :) Frank


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

excellent work, frank. I enjoyed this tremendously. Up and shared!


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goego 4 years ago from Loserland

Encore!!! Encore!!! forget the fear let's see some more


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

PDX thanks so much for popping by and Goego thank you kindly :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

you're welcome, Frank


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

okay.. :)


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Cyndi10 2 years ago from Georgia

Awesome! What a picture to pop up on my screen the minute I log into Hubpages. You know I had to read it when I saw it was something you had written. Not sure how I missed it before, but it is soooo darkly good!

Have a fantastically creative day.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Reading your work is always a great way to start my day. Thanks Frank!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Cyndi always good to see you.. :) and Just ask Susan are we being sarcastic? LOL doesn't matter you're still tops on my list


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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks that means a great deal to me sky :)

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