...lies...

Lies

God cleared his throat,

leaned forward in his chair,

ghosts would float,

death would fear,

chills would grin wickedly,

religion lies,

evil ties,

heaven cries,

God tries,

as humanity fails,

Jesus would cover his eyes,

if it weren’t for the nails.

© 2015 Frank Atanacio

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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

Nice poem Frank. I particularly love the lines "Jesus would cover his eyes,

if it weren’t for the nails." great stuff.


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Jodah good morning :)


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tillsontitan 23 months ago from New York

Oh how this hits the nail on the head. The poor state of humanity and God being heartbroken at where his creations have gone.

Voted up, awesome, and interesting.


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

I agree with Jodah. I thought of the young pilot ISIS burned alive. OMG what evil is out there? This is great Frank....


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billybuc 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

All I could think of while reading this was the song "Lies" by the Knickerbockers back in 1966....on a darker note, you said a mouthful with very few words. Perfectly stated...hatred, horror, vengeance, inhumanity....and for what? What changes when we kill one another? We've been doing it for thousands of years, and what has changed?


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Sara Sarwar Riaz 23 months ago from Michigan, USA

Such a powerful theme of imagination compiled so effectively in a brief assemblage of words… Loved it !


Smilealot 23 months ago

An awful lot said in a very few words, and that made this all the more powerful..very well done Frank:-))


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clivewilliams 23 months ago from Nibiru

hey frank, i wonder if he is really covering his eyes....sigh


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cam8510 23 months ago from Colorado Springs, CO until the end of March

Wow Frank, every line of this is loaded with unstated meanings. Good job.


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FitnezzJim 23 months ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

What a powerful set of words.

"Jesus would cover his eyes if it weren’t for the nails."

That right there is the State of the World.

Well stated.


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton Author

Til and Always thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my lies :) Frank


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Peggy W 23 months ago from Houston, Texas

You said much in few words. As Bill wrote, the horrors, lies, atrocities never seem to end. Your last lines are particularly poignant.


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton Author

billy and Sara... thank you so much for visiting my lies


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton Author

smilealot good to see you reading my lies, Cam, thanks so much for the visit, Clive nice to have you aboard, Peggy W thanks so much for checking my lies.. welcome fitnezzjim for joining this read


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Genna East 23 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Whoa! This is an epic poem with few words, each so precise and hard-hitting with incontrovertible truth. Voted way up!


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Ericdierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

You surely do cause one to think hard about something of real import.


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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

Brilliant! I am blown away, dear Frank ... in a good way. This is your best poem ever in my mind. Each line is powerful in and of itself, and the entire poem is superb. It is the sign of a great poet to use less words for greater impact.

Memorable one here.

Up ++++ tweeting, pining, G+ and sharing

"Jesus wept."

Hugs and much love always


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ladyguitarpicker 23 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Hi, I think Jesus would cover his eyes today. Nice poem with real truth told.


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tobusiness 23 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Wow....each powerful word like a nail driving home. So many atrocities executed in his name. Frank , eloquent and impressive.


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FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA

Loved it, particularly two things -- God leaning forward in his chair and the last line. Wow! Frank, this was powerful.


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you Genna East and Eric for readig my lies..:)


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton Author

Faith, always good to see you my friend.. thank you for checking out my lies.. ladyguitar welcome and thank you for the comment.... tobusiness and Flourish it's not complete until you guys leave your comments bless you all :)


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BlossomSB 23 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Frank. what a beautiful, powerful and moving poem. Voted it up.


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you blossoms


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MsDora 23 months ago from The Caribbean

This is a great sermon for the worship service. Though short, the congregation would not move when it ends; they would spend the usual time to contemplate its message. Powerful!


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CrisSp 23 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Wonderful, powerful and very thought provoking.

Voting up and passing it along.


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you MsDora and CrisSp for checking out my lies..:)


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Anna Haven 23 months ago from Scotland

A fair snapshot of our society nowadays. Sadly. Captured perfectly and those last two lines were hard hitting and perfectly placed.


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks Anna..bless you


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The Examiner-1 23 months ago

Just as I was getting into it Frank, it was the last line :-( I voted it up and pinned it up.

Kevin


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton Author

Examiner thank you for reading my lies


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dghbrh 23 months ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

No words simply, Hats off my genius friend out there. Awesome ...LIES seriously.

Shared and votes way up ahead


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton Author

LOL thanks for telling..I mean reading lies dghbrh


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tsmog 23 months ago from Escondido, CA

Powerful and humbling. Sharing is a delight . . . thank for sharing an open door . . .


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you tsmog


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ubanichijioke 23 months ago from Lagos

A very touching poem. Then again, it is all about the lies.


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Uban for reading good to see you


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida

Reading this early in the morning is quite an eye opener for sure.

Yes, He probably would..and He would remind us He is here for us and to pick our sometimes selfish, sometimes unkind, sometimes unthinking selves up and do better.

I love the succinct way you have woven the words to create such a power-filled message.

Voted up++++ and shared g+


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you Pstraubi for stopping by my lies :)


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PegCole17 22 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Thoughtful and reflective of the state of things, Frank. You sent a powerful message in so few words. Loved the photos, too.


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Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you pegcole...bless you


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Ariel-Cal 22 months ago from Bridgeport, CT

Short and "sweet" sir, always a pleasure


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Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you mam...


Lee Cloak 22 months ago

Sublime words and lovely work, very interesting piece, thanks!


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Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks Lee Cloak


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wingedcentaur 22 months ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

This is a short poem, Frank, but I must confess I'll have to think about this for a while. Of course, that is not a bad thing at all.

There's at least a couple of ways to take that part about how Jesus would cover his eyes but for the nails.

Take it easy.


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Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you again winged for leaving footprints on my pages bless you


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AudreyHowitt 21 months ago from California

Such a powerfully emotive piece Frank!


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Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton Author

Audrey thank you


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Jo_Goldsmith11 18 months ago

I am a great admirer of yours since your April poetry challenge.

This is so breathtaking to read. And it does leave one to feel pause.

And reflect about how can we stop the violence from getting worse yet.

So many invoke the name of God for their personal reasons.

I hope that those same ones will do so for all humanity.

Up, shared and thank you for giving me pause.


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Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you Jo :)


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Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

Great words with great rhyme. Really good poem! :)


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Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks Mssy


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Dana Tate 17 months ago from LOS ANGELES

Excellent! simple, direct, and to the point. Both chilling and awesome!


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Frank Atanacio 17 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you Dana for reading my lies

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