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Drugs Took Center Stage

Updated on June 27, 2012


She showed no fears,

when they told her about

the dead old man

at the foot of the stairs,

she had bruises on her head,

and she couldn’t explain her nudity

or the nested clothes

at the bottom of her bed,

then there was a small child

sitting in the corner of the room,

she was all nervous and wild eyed,

she cried and cried,

her teeth would chatter,,

as the detective asked her

what was the matter,

she opened her legs in an odd way,

pointed down,

and that was all she needed to say,

drugs played a part that day,

she sold her daughter to someone so giving,

and she considered that

the only way to make a living,

she started that day off by

wanting to sell herself,

but the old man was looking

for that prize

sitting on the top shelf,

she was underage,

the detective felt the rage,

and in the house,

drugs took the center stage.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Frank--once again, a great and gritty write!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Wow, is all I have to say!! So powerful, thank you for writing yet another great piece! Shared and voted up!!!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you so much Audrey and Janine bless you both :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      No problem Frank. Totally love your writing and it has been my pleasure :)

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      stay sweet and blessed :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Frank :)

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      Wow - brilliant as always!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Oh Frank, this tough and brilliant and much to true I'm sure in too many citties in our country and across the world. Audrey said it "Gritty."

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So sad, because it is so true.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks acaet and the X-Man ans Jackie Lynn for stopping by and taking a look at drugs took center stage :) bless you folks

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Frank I am in awe.. and I am crying for the child.. the sad thing is this happens all the time.. and you worded it so awesome.

      Debbie

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      omg...it's a sad scenario and i wish no one goes through it...amen.

      Frank...you gave such vivid descriptions that it felt I was in the same room :(

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 4 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      This one gripped my very soul Frank..like an episode of Law and Order SVU.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Frank,

      A disturbing reality. I am crying for that poor girl.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Our Dear Ms Brooks you are too kind.. and thank you Ruch for stopping by and of course Jlava thanks for you rsupport bless you guys :) Frank

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you so much for reading Sue.. bless you

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      time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

      Wow, Frank, this piece is raw, gritty, and so unnerving because it's all too true; great write once again!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      You managed to capture the essence of a very troubled society. I was just watching a recent story on the news about the child prostitution epidemic here in the U.S. Between that and the conviction of Sandusky, it sickens me to know the children have continued to be the victims in this animalistic and very narcissistic lust for sex.

      Well done Frank, as always. I commend you-you have no fear of exposing the evil that lurks in the heart of man. Rated up and awesome!

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      Nathan K 4 years ago from Kansas

      So Sad. Fun to read though

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Wow Frank, damn good writing! Vivid and detail, true talent my friend. Another awesome poem my friend. Voted up and awesome.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      This says it all. Bad part is that it's an everyday happening everywhere but a great deal in big cities like N.Y. Also in Europe and right here in Riga. The worst thing about drug abuse here is that it's virtually a new thing to young people 'cause the Communists wouldn't allow it. Communists got everyone numb on vodka. Now they're walking about wild haired, wild eyed and looking for trouble. Like the girl in you poem they mostly never know what hit them once their taken in by the police.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much time2rite and denise for reading my center stage :) Frank

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      madmachio, and thelyricwriter thanks so much for reading my poem and Gypsy thanks for that grim comment bless you all and I hope things get better Frank

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      Karasu77 4 years ago from Australia

      wow...this is such a deep poem! It leaves you thinking afterwards

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      Frank your writing continues to amaze me. Excellent work. Such is the reality of some children today.

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      Angelme566 4 years ago

      A thought provoking piece. ..voted up and shared ! Have a great Sunday

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much Kara for stopping by and thanks you too Gypsy48 and angelme for coming to the stage :) Frank

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

      Oh Frank, you take the most unspeakable things in this life and you relate them in poems evoking so much emotion.

      You handle the sensitive situation remarkable well, sign of an exceptional writer, very well done.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much tobusiness

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Anything that would cause a parent to sell their child for that horrid act is a thing from the 9th circle of Hell and no one tells the aftermath of the a demon's deed better than this, Frank my friend.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you Alastar.. sadly based on a true story..:(

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      When I was in High School, I had a friend who was a drug addict. He died of drug overdose.

      Frank, this poem brought back memories.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      I sorry about that VG..:(

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      Charles Hilton 4 years ago

      Your poems are definitely of a different caliber---raw and real. They're like a cold slap in the face---unsettling, but, very awakening.

      Way up!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much again Charles bless you :) Frank

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      raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      uh uh, what a sad and grim tale from our master story teller...

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      and raci I still thank you for reading anyways Bless you..:)

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