Exhumation


Gravel voice,

pear shaped,

he had no choice,

but to dig,

and that was the only reason

he was there,

the stench, faint,

but foul in the frigid air,

he’d stop if he could,

as he concentrated his shovel

on the edges of the wood,

which was solid as the ground,

he wanted to sit,

because the smell was so bad,

he couldn’t help but get a whiff of it,

his fingers would hurt,

as he tried to free the top of the casket

from the surrounding dirt,

a consecrated cemetery, hallowed ground,

bull-shit in a handbasket,

there was evidence in that casket

which kept running down,

it was in the report,

so the exhumation was ordered,

by a judge in the circuit court.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Ewwwwww. But you said it well. Guess someone has to do it.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thats Jackie for reading my exhumation :)


Valleypoet 4 years ago

That's a gruesome job, but I guess it does happen from time to time...and if there's a smell, then there's going to be more than just bones in there....ugh Another great read, thank you Frank


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Frank, my grandmother lived in a small house right next to a cemetery which used to scare the **** out of me.

Great poem.

Vote up and awesome as always, Joyce.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much valleypoet for sharing your comment.. Joyce that can be frightening..LOL thank you too for stopping by :)


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Frank you do this so beautifully and with a magic touch of the macabre - a deceptively simple poem but brings to life in vivid colour the scene, the smells and the emotions! I had goose bumps up my arms knowing what your character would find - deliciously gruesome and awesome piece of work! Voted up + shared!


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

OMG but what an amazing way to experience it in words! Awesome!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

I love the way you consider the different viewpoints of people, like this example of someone whose occupation is foreign to most of us. You've described it in "deliciously gruesome" detail.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Definitely gruesome, just pleased I haven'ty had my breakfast yet, think I'll give it a miss today. Lol


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Stunningly vivid poetry here, Frank!!! Awesome. I am glad somebody is capable of doing that kind of a job. Nasty and gruesome for sure. Great write! In His Love, Faith Reaper


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Frank

"bull-shit in a handbasket" Love the imagery.

Voted up and awesome

Take care :)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Seeker7 for those kind words.. and thank you too acae.. good to see you again :)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Pegcole for seeing this poem through my eyes bless you.. and Rosemay always good to see you and the dog and the baby :) bless you


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Faith and Sue for visiting my exhumation bless you guys


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

A job that I would gladly pass up...but someone has to do it..just not me..hehe...Great description/imagery of a not so fun job.

Have a great day Frank,

Sunnie


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you for stopping by Sunnie :) bless you


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Darknlovely3436 4 years ago from NewYork

visionary images..for the mind... love your theme..

another poem worth the read from you Frank A

one love annie..


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

It's not easy rhyming words while telling a story at the same time. Your a master at it my friend. Prose or otherwise your poems set the atmosphere quickly and bring a reader right in to the tale at the start. The kind of exhumation described here is enough to make one's nose close and send a shiver down the back. Sometimes it must be done though.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you one love annie..LOL for your comment and Alastar always good to see you bless you man and thanks for commenting


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

See I agree with Alastar, it is not easy to do such writing. Yet, you pull it off amd in great detail. I never have any trouble visualizing what I read with your work Frank. Awesome work!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks the lyricwriter thank you for that


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epigramman 4 years ago

....always pop by to say you're one of my all time favorite writers here at the Hub - love your crime scene writing - filn noir, Mickey Spillane, Phillip Marlowe, and the Dragnet tv show is alive and well in your writing - very cinematic as always and with so few but well chosen words - this is poetic art in the making - lake erie time 4:32pm


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks epi good to always have you sit at the dinner table every now and again bless you :)


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Frank,

Once I was a witness to exhumation, it was a creepy feeling. This poem evokes the same emotion.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks again VG for the visit bless you bro :)


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I really dug this poem


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

gosh...it's a difficult situation to be in. The emotions running are wild and could make one crazy!

Well written, indeed


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks mck and Ruch good to see you thanks for stopping by


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

I never read this one the first time Frank. Thanks for resharing, it was well worth it. A lot of poetry just seems to be random words an phrases tossed together with a pretence at meaning something..yours is definitely not like that. You are the ultimate story teller whether with prose or poetry. Well done.


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tillsontitan 16 months ago from New York

Seeker said it best, you have a "magic touch of the macabre"! Who but you would even think about this job and then put it in poetry? Masterful, story teller who knows no bounds.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

Jodah, and Tillsontitan thank you guys for checking out my exhumation.. bless you both :)


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lisavanvorst 16 months ago from New Jersey

Another great hub Frank! I want to know what the evidence was. Your stories keep the reader's attention.


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Missy Smith 16 months ago from Florida

Very interesting. Always captivating to the end. :)


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Lisa and Missy for checking out my exhumation bless you both

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