that scene played

Body tired,

eyes red,

after the fire,

the scene replays in his head,

that firefighter,

designated to carry out the dead,

the other firefighters pulled

at the cracked and blackened debris,

and there, they would see,

three bodies were distinguishable,

the oldest was three,

the youngest, five months,

children’s spirits set free,

a scene so graphic and gloom,

futures disappeared, doomed,

their remains were discovered

in an upstairs bedroom,

where they stayed,

after every adult fled,

that scene played and played,

over and over in that firefighters head.

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© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Wow...sad...I can't see how an adult would flee a home knowing there were three children inside as a fire blazed around...I would give my life to ensure that even one of the young lives would still be...

This one made me cry...


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Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

Great Frank! Poetry with a great sense of feel.

A poetic report of actual and factual occurrences .

I love your style .

I will be reading .

Blessings.


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Teach and Sky for your comments :) Frank


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Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

There you are I had one up on you that time. lol. That's the very same pose that should be on all future copies if it's not already there.Give Thanks..

Blessings Brethren.


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks again sky


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

You recreated a graphic scene. A tingle ran over my spine.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks VG sorry I missed your comment here :)


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mismazda 4 years ago from a southern georgia peach

Oh my this poem touched me...years ago my aunt and her four girls were killed in a fire..this brought back memories....it was great and chilling.Voted up....loved it.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

oh i am so sorry for your loss thats so terrible :( Frank


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shimmering Dawn 4 years ago

Frank, I love the way you write these poems... so visual and chilling... You have great talent. Peace to you.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you shim and peace to you too LOL bless you :)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Being a firefighter is job I wouldn't be able to handle. Just reading your poem made me appreciate firefighters even more. Made me sad as well for those poor children.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Just Ask Susan


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

"over and over in that firefighters head"...I can't imagine the horror! I know its a firefighter's worst nightmare and you've put it into words so well. Just enough to make us weep.

Voted up, awesome, and interesting.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

till thank you so much for reading this piece.. wow I wrote it over two and half years ago and it still stings thank you


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Frank, you painted the scene graphic enough for it to play in my head. Good job (though a sad subject)!


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cam8510 2 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Frank, firefighters. EMTs and law enforcement officers must have these scenes playing in their heads constantly. Thanks for so graphically presenting the reality.


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Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Cam and Msdora for checking out my poem :)


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James-wolve 20 months ago from Morocco

I am stunned. I loved it. Very nicely written . Amazing Job. Keep up the outstanding work.Voted up!


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Frank Atanacio 8 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks for reading James-wolve


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Missy Smith 8 months ago from Florida

That is so sad. My daughter's uncle is a paramedic and firefighter, and he was just talking about having to tell a family that he could not save their dad and husband who had suffered a heart attack. He couldn't revive him back, and he seemed distraught. That was the paramedic side, I don't know what he's seen on the fireside, but I can imagine it hasn't been good at times. Respect for all Firefighters! Great Poem!


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always exploring 8 months ago from Southern Illinois

I'm so glad you shared this again. I hadn't read it. I love it. God bless all firefighters and you my friend.


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Frank Atanacio 8 months ago from Shelton Author

Missy and Always.. thank you both for always reading my stuff bless you guys :)

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