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Updated on March 11, 2014

Bodies


Life is so demanding,
and death is so commanding,
there is much to see,
you could even keep score,
beginning with the bodies
battered by a two-by-four,
or bludgeoned with tire irons, cinder blocks,
baseball bats,
bodies filled with maggots and alley rats,
gaping wounds from carving knives,
shot guns fired at cheating wives,
bodies in public housing project stairwells,
there’s so much harm,
hypodermic needles still in their forearm,
dried blood traces,
and that pathetic look of calm on their faces,
lost in total defeat,
bodies pulled out of the sea
with reluctant blue crabs
clinging to hands and feet,
all around you see the dead,
fallen bodies in alleys, bodies in bed,
you’ll find them in body bags,
bodies in the trunk of a Chrysler
with out of state tags,
bodies crushed by heavy machinery
washed up on river rocks,
suicide, matricide, homicide,
suffocated by carbon monoxide,
or suspended by a pair of sweat socks
from the top of a police holding cell,
ghosts staring at the bodies,
wondering if they’re in Hell.

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© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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      sweetie1 5 years ago from India

      Hi frank though this poem is like sad and talks about death but you have put your thoughts very clearly in poetry form. Liked it

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Frank....simply excellent. Truthfully, I don't often read poetry....not because I don't enjoy it or appreciate it, but it's not ever been my 1st or 2nd choice at reading time. However, I could really get into your poetry. Thank you.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for the comments you guys :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You do have a way with causing havoc with your words. What an awesome gift! :)

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Sunshine you are just that.....sunshine

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Frank, Are you big fan of Crime shows by chance? This was a very visual poem.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks Susan for reading.. what I believe was my first hub I put up here over 10 months ago.. I just want folks to see how senseless death could be.. and how brutal we've become.. it's like the wild-west all over again.. it's so much better to love and laugh, than to cry and die ..

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      Kebennett1 5 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

      The many faces of death are captured very well in your first poem. Well done! I felt frustration, defeat and apathy in the second poem. I hope that is what you were trying to convey!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Keb.. thanks for leaving footprints all over my pages bless you once again

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Very gifted poet. I can see what you write in my mind's eye. Voted up and interesting. Will share!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you Au Fait

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Frank you sure have the knack in rhyming unusual words to cover the seedier side of life.

      Carving knives and cheating wives;

      suicide, matricide, homicide,

      suffocated by carbon monoxide

      You are a true poet.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      you r too kind LOL

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      You don't find too many poems on this subject. I like it!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for checking out my old stuff, anyway, Flourish... I'm glad you liked it

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      Evelia Veronica Rivera 3 years ago from Bridgeport, CT

      very strong poem

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Ariel.. this was actually my first poem and my first hub here on hub pages :)

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      First poem you say? Amazing. it reminds us of all the senseless deaths going on around us. As always, well done my friend.

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Tillsontitan, bless you :)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow Frank, this was great...don't think you missed any way to die in this poem. Well done.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Jodah.. this was in fact the first poem I ever wrote over three years ago on here

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      Cynthia B Turner 2 years ago from Georgia

      Stark and visceral. Your unique style was there from the beginning.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Cyndi10

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      Ijeoma Peter 2 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Very true, "life is demanding and death is so commanding" It can command anywhere, there are numerable ways it commands, death is really heartless. Nice one Frank.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Benny01 for stopping by :)

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      This was very unique Frank. You took your style of writing into a poem. A new twist and guess what it worked. Great job.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you lisa :)

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