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Emergency Room Scene

Updated on March 10, 2015

The rookie arrived only after being dispatched,

catheters and tubes hung limply

from every appendage,

lifeless as the body to which they were attached,

the emergency room scene was his test,

and the ER doctors did their best,

the rookie noticed the needle tracks,

as well as the gunshot wounds to the chest,

left hip and the upper right arm,

the lifeless son of a bitch bought the farm,

all the wounds appeared to be entrances,

though with a .22 slug,

the rookie knew it was hard to tell,

the dead man was a gang thug,

living on the streets of hell,

there were five or six people around,

but no family members were to be found,

no screams of grief, and no one would weep,

no good-byes, no one cries,

the rookie breathes deep,

then sighs,

briefly, closes his eyes,

although he was a thug, he was a man first,

as death quenched its thirst,

died, eyes closed mouth wide,

but there should have been someone else

standing by his side.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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      Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

      so sad, but beautifully written.

      It really moved me.

      Thank you.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much dim :)

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Good sad poem once again. Are you a cop? Vote you up.

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      zzron 5 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Well written very nice.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Writer thanks for commenting and the vote up and ZZron thanks for stopping by :) cheers

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I have a couple of friends who work in the ER...the stories I hear are heartbreaking just like your poem. I was in a good mood until I read this :)

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Mission Accomplished! Sunshine LOL

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Touché :)

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Hi Frank ~ I will share with my son, an ER MD, who goes through this sad affair in NYC. Blessings, Debby

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Debby Bruck bless you

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Its like you're there Frank, one of the cops drinking it all in. So touching and so true.

      Voted up, useful, and awesome.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 2 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Frank! This is so gritty and very true to real life - unfortunately. I love the way you present this picture of life-ER-death, but your empathy towards this gang thug raises this poem out of despair to give a bit of light! Awesome work!! Voted up +++++

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Til.. for reading my reappears... and thank you too Seeker.. good to see you again longtime my friend :)

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      If the TV crime shows depict reality, this happens all too often. You've captured the pain and loss along with the empathy toward the victim, who despite his actions, was a human being. I'm often impressed by the officers who treat thugs with such respect.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much Pegcole :)

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      Tim Mitchell 2 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Stirring and open, reality snugly fitting, and revealing. Nice! Well written Frank. Thanks for sharing.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      That was awesome Frank. It was a shame that he was remebered for his past when he was starting a new path.

      I voted up, shared & pinned it.

      Kevin

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for reading tsmog and examiner .. bless you both

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      What a test...and yes, a man first...and there really should have been someone at his side for sure.

      So real...this work of yours...

      Angels are on the way to you, Frank. ps

      Voted up++++ shared

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      PS, thank you so much for stopping by bless you

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      Uzochukw Mike 2 years ago from Oba

      Frank, you are such a nice poet. That is a nice work.

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      Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Uzoch for visiting the emergency room scene

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