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During the Cross-examination

Updated on January 29, 2015

The witness fails,

everything got lost in the details,

during the cross-examination

someone had to take the upper hand,

so the detective had to remain

calm and collected on the stand,

there was so much doubt,

and he only had the boilerplate

of the crime scene to worry about,

the jurors were quiet,

but their eyes would shout,

because they knew the truth

was the last one in,

and the first one out,

the evidence was thin,

even though the guilt was stout,

it would be over soon,

and justice would not win,

the judge agreed that the prosecutor’s question

was too speculative,

and that was the beginning of doom,

as the image of the burnt child

hovered over the courtroom,

there was so much contradiction,

and the case was riddled with sin,

but all that didn’t matter,

when the verdict came in,

then the questions would pile,

the defense would file,

retrial, retrial, retrial!

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Clever and intriguing as always Frank ;I always enjoy each and every hub of yours so here's to so many more to come.

      Great work.

      Eddy.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A whole story of a trial and conviction under a cloud of doubt and a truth known but hard to prove, all in such few words. Great Frank!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Frank you are so great telling these stories on crime and who done it and it is always fascinating ... You are a master at this..

      Love you ...Frank

      Debbie

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks so much eddy for stopping by and thank you X-man for your wonderful comment and as always good to see you on my pahe our ms brooks :) bless you all

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Awesome as usual. A whole court scene described in just a few wrods. You have a wonderful gift of writing in this way.

      Up and awesome

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Frank this poem read so well. I glad the guilty verdict came in now the girl will rest.

      Voted up awesome and interesting, Joyce.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      We sure have seen this scene play out more often than we wanted. You write these so well Frank. Are you an attorney or judge in disguise?

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you guys so much Hyphen, Joyce and Rosemay plus the dog and baby.. I try to stay away from these types of writings.. but I keep getting pulled back in... I like the quick scenes.. and according to all who views I do it right... either you're all being kind or I really do write them well :) bless you folks

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      You have condensed the whole trial, from witness cross examination, to the reactions of the detective, the thoughts of the jurors, and a verdict riddled with doubt, all within a few lines. Very skilfully done buddy. Voted awesome:-))

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

      Frank, it never ceases to amaze me just how much information you are able to cram into a relatively short poem. Another job well done.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks Valleypoet for your comment and thank you tobusiness for recognizing the hard work and Lathing c'mon a poetic lawyer? no such thing LOL thanks guys and bless you all :)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      You explain the tentativeness so well; you think it's all sewn up, but then it can all come tumbling down. We could always tell if it had been a good day in court for Dad when he came home by the look on his face - and it was probably best to leave him alone for a while!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you blossom for sharing a little bit about your dad and thanks for reading my Cross.. bless you

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Frank

      "and that was the beginning of doom,

      as the image of the burnt child

      hovered over the courtroom,"

      Amazing imagery.

      Voted up and awesome

      Have a good weekend. :)

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      All's well that ends well: the jury could see clearly- what a scum bag to do such a thing to a child. Rates are up and interesting my man.

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      Senoritaa 4 years ago

      Courtroom drama that goes on and on well portrayed. Good one Frank!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Good work Frank!

      Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much Sueswan, Alastar Senoritaa and Vinaya for visiting my cross-examination bless you all Frank

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Frank,

      You have the FINEST FINESSE with these FINDINGS on FELONIES.

      I am always in for a treat when I stop by, not nearly enough.

      Voted UP and ABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for stopping by mar... :) bless you

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up, intriguing and interesting. Anything to do with children always takes first place. Love these poems of your. Passing this on.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks gypsy

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Frank, awesome as always my friend! Always enjoy them and look forward too them. Up, awesome, and interesting. Shared as well.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much the lyric writer :)

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      PoweroftheCross 4 years ago from Above and Beyond...

      Stopped by to visit. Full of rhythm and amazing imagery as per usual. Great poem!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      wow.. good to see you it's been a long time girl no... great to see you :)

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      You never cease to amaze. As all the comments have said you took an entire trial with a touch of crime scene and condensed it into a poem that says it all. We can only hope the retrial was denied!

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

      Keep 'em coming Frank you have lots of fans.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Patsy, thank you so much.. and Tillsontitan.. u r amazing and awesome

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      You did it again Frank. Another excellent story.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you lisa :)

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