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A Cluttered Stage

Updated on May 6, 2014

He was brought to the courthouse,

in dull, dirty jail vans,

with leg-chains,

and cuffs on his hands,

back to lock-up,

because the courtroom

was like a cluttered stage,

so many criminals yearning to be free,

locked up over the legal age,

he was like an animal,

pacing in a cage,

with his heart filled

with cold, calculated rage,

his face without features,

could violate minds,

his last victim was a lawyer,

from a big law firm,

she held fear,

she didn’t squirm,

and that was clear,

she was bound, strangled,

her nude body on top of a bed,

gashes on the backside of her head,

when it came to murder,

he didn’t blink,

lying next to her was a hand towel,

still pink,

from the blood,

so many trips to the courthouse,

makes the unit hold their breath,

waiting for the decision of life or death,

and for death they prayed,

they wanted simply to get rid of that stench,

and whatever decision was conveyed

by the woods of the judge’s bench,

they’d have to live with that,

it’s like playing a game,

of mouse and cat.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Frank,

      The imagery you conveyed here was powerful and superb Frank! Awesome job!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Josh your comments are very generous bro...bless you :) Frank

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Wow another Awesome Job!!!! Like Josh stated, the imagery was very powerful. I was captivated from beginning to end!!! Absolutely Amazing!!!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Patty thank you for a wonderful comment bless you :)

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Another scary criminal faces justice, full of rage and vengeance against all, his murderous nature detailed so well. Up!

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Okay Mr. Spooky, this poem is simply amazing to see through your words.

      Voted up and awesome my friend, Joyce.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks so much X-Man for your great comment and Joyce always good to see you bless you writer20 :) Frank

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Frank...I can't say that I support capital punishment, the morals of it don't sit well, and there is always the possibility the wrong person could be convicted. But when there is no doubt who the killer is, and if the victim was a relative of mine...Well that would change things, I have no doubt...another great case Frank

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. That no good excuse for a human deserves the death sentence. I've always wondered what the use was of putting a person in jail for life if that person is of no use to anyone. Now he can continue to live while his victim is long dead. Something wrong there for sure.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you so much Valleypoet and Gyspy Rose Lee for your thoughts and comments bless you both:) Frank

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Frank, you always manages to take us by the hand, to a place where we 'd rather not go, but almost hypnotized,we go none-the-less. Like a child, one hand covering the eyes, but it is always worth the journey.

      To be able tell such a story with so few words and beautiful rhyme, just awesome.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much tobusiness that means alot to me :) Frank

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow my friend .. Frank I can imagine how it must feel to be caged up like an a animal. and yiou brought it right where we cannot ignore it.

      I agree with you.. great poem my friend

      sharing

      Debbie

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Our Ms Brooks and bless you

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      You told such an incredible story and your imagery and powerful words completely say it all. You are totally brilliant Frank. I love your writing.

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      asmaiftikhar 4 years ago from Pakistan

      simple words are flying with the beautiful imagery which gives unique meaning.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      aaww acae thank you so much that means a great deal to me and asma thank you too for stopping by my cluttered stage

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

      A poem rich in both rhyme and meter.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks and blessings to you MCK :)

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      Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

      Your word-play is incredible.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Phoebe you're just too kind bless you :)

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Frank - I really like the look at the courthouse and what transpires on that stage, Very interesting and intriguing perspective. Great Poem. Theresa

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks again for the visit phdast 7 :) bless you

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      H C Palting 4 years ago from East Coast

      You easily and succinctly paint mental pictures with your words. You are talented. I enjoyed reading this hub, great job.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you express10!!!!

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