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Friday Night's Violence

Updated on December 6, 2017

A shooting at a local bar,

it was Friday night’s violence,

and sanity didn’t go far,

drunks would mutter,

throw up in the gutter,

and fall apart during the

disorganization and clutter,

bullet holes on the door,

and bodies were laid out

on the dance room floor,

the deaths would cover-up

the underage drinking,

during the times when no one was thinking,

hip-hop at its best,

and getting home safely was the only test,

who really cared about the three dead

with bullet holes in the chest,

losing money

was the only thing on the owner’s head,

a total disrespect for the dead,

when could he reopen his bar again,

was the only thing he said.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio


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      Li-Jen Hew 

      18 months ago

      Hey Frank. Not TGIF 'cause it's Friday night's violence but this poem makes it TGIF. Sanity didn't go far but they were drunk haha. This poem is creative because you managed to think like the bad guy. :) Deaths are cover ups and losing money was what the owner thought. It is your strong investigative skills and experience that makes a good story. Thanks stranger-policeman, haven't heard from you in a long time.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      wow poem I wrote five years ago.. thanks for digging it up Peg Cole

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      Peg Cole 

      2 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Lots of lessons packed into this poetry, about life and death and the importance of things rather than people. It's a sad thing when people go out to have a good time and end up dead.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for reading Poetvix :)

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      8 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      The the owner's attitude at the end is too much the norm in some establishments. You just described Friday and Saturday nights all over the nation, very well in fact. Frank, I love reading your stuff. It's always edgy and real, gritty and believable with a touch of dramatic flare.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      8 years ago from Shelton

      thanks you thelyricwriter :)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Up, awesome, and interesting. By far my favorite of your series Frank. Once again the detail in every line grabs me. Awesome job Frank. Hope you have a great day my friend. See you around.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      8 years ago from Shelton

      thank you senoritaa and Eddy bless you both :)

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      8 years ago from Wales

      Great poem Frank;very well written and has to be awarded my up up and away!!

      Take care and have a great day.


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      Rinita Sen 

      8 years ago

      Reminds me of a short story by O. Henry about open murder in a bar. Good job again Frank.


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