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His Humanity Caged

Updated on June 19, 2013

Darkness felt like a thrill,

As he sat in a chair

Holding him-self still,

Something was there,

A shadow moved in an inebriated stagger,

A drunken swagger,

He just sat looking hollow-eyed,

Then he sighed,

And sighed some more,

As the shadows moved from the walls

To the floor,

That’s when all of reality falls,

And the fear within him calls,

The darkness surrounded the room,

And he was knee deep in gloom,

The room was night,

There was absolutely no light,

It was as if it sought out

The soul of God,

That was something he knew

Nothing about,

As his inner demons would shout,

Darkness crept into his soul,

His heart torn,

And within him a fire raged,

The devil was reborn,

His humanity caged,

When the devil came,

The human within him died there,

Like moths in a candle flame.

© 2013 Frank Atanacio

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you eddy

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful read Frank and here's wishing you a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Marlin55

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      Marlin 55 4 years ago from USA

      Wonderfully written Frank. You never fail to amaze me with your writing.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you OC for visiting my Caged humanity :)

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Chill bumps...particularly like how there was this intensity...and then...whisper...Voted Up and Awesome!

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks again X-man bless you once more :)

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Good one Frank, captured the mood so well!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      bless you lady peace at church :)

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      this was good but sounds like a horror lol. I hope your weekend have kicked off since yesterday to a good start. I am spending mines at church.

      Keep good your hubber friend :)

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much Seeker7 and thank you MrsBrownsparlour for commenting

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Great title, very dark imagery and consuming darkness. I am one who always hopes for redemption and light, even for demons. :-) ~Lurana

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Ohh now this is creepy - and the Nosferatu photo is a beautiful touch!

      Now we know why none of us ever really wants to confront either our own inner demons or the real thing! Loosing either your 'self' or your 'soul' is just far too scary for most - me included - but this poem has such a beautiful depth of fear as well as being scarily hypnotic and one that I will remember for a long time to come!

      Absolutely awesome - voted up + shared!!!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Alastar good to see you and B Malin always good to see you and thanks Hodges for visiting my page bless you all

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      samuel hodges 4 years ago from Winston-Salem NC

      Oh, oh! Walkin' on the clouds man. I like.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Wow Frank,

      I've missed coming to your Hubs and reading your Excellent Pros...It's dark with a Great Message...You're still the best. The Humane is Caged...if only in the mind.

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      A combo of the Devil and Daniel Webster and Poe's the Tale-tale Heartbeat. That's what it seemed like here anyway. Evil and dark; the Nosferatu pic is well placed.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Moms and Q for stopping by :)

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      QudsiaP1 4 years ago

      Dark yet beautiful; you have captured an essence of humanity so clearly.

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      Lissette 4 years ago from Central Florida

      This reminded me of a question I was asked. Do I fear death? I said that I didn't tho I am concerned about its timing. I went on to say that I believed people should be more afraid of losing their life while they were still living, which is the truth for many here.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks the lyricwriter that does mean alot to me bro.. bless you and thank you Darryl for stopping by peace :)

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      Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      Really liked how the illustration bonded with the text...nice :-)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Frank, I have come to expect the best from you always. Your held at high standards! LOL Voted this up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting. Frank, beautifully written. This subject always sparks my interest. There is certainly a whole other world out there, referring to death. So much that we don't know and understand. These things happen I am sure of it. Great poem from a great writer. Well done my friend. Take care Frank and see you around.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey, PDX and blossoms thank you so much for visiting my cage...

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Dark poem indeed, but there could be light at the end of the tunnel. Good writing.

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Hi Frank. Haven't visited in awhile. Glad I came back. Nice work my friend!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Creepy in all the good ways! So enjoyed this Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you tobusiness :)

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

      Frank, you write with authority, and a certain panache, as you take us to that dark place.

      Excellent as always :).

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks bro good weekend to you :)

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Dark and eerie...and I loved the last line..nicely done buddy:-))

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you MsDora for the comment and visit bless you :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eventually, humanity caged becomes humanity destroyed, because of "something he know nothing about." Blame the devil. Deep!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      phdast7 thank you so much... and Gypsy thank you too

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Dark ,brooding and mysterious. The mention of the devil gave me goose bumps. You could make a great Alfred Hitchcock like thriller from this.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hello Frank - Quite well done, and I think I agree with Vinaya about my favorite line . . . . "shadows move from the walls to the floor and all of reality falls." A terrific line. Blessings. Theresa

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      aaawww thank you LaThing :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Wow, I got goosebumps reading this! The Chill.... Woo! Fantastic, Frank! You really take your readers for a ride to the darker side.... That's poetry! :)

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Vin from Nepal..:)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Frank,

      you always amaze me with your word pictures. Such as this one

      shadows move from the walls to the floor and all of reality falls...marvelous.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you wayne barrett

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Your style shines through in this one. Very good!!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Epi thanks for that ringing endoresment the check is in the mail..:) X-man thank you for the visit and Faith.. just keep up the faith :) bless you guys

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Came back to share as I said I would :)

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Sounds like a man contemplating some awful revenge, love the darkness to match the mood!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      You are the master, Frank, of the evocative title and the words which follow always live up to the title.

      And yes I never miss an opportunity to tell everyone you are one of my all time favorite writers/poets anywhere, anytime , anyplace.

      How's that for a ringing endorsement? lol

      lake erie time canada 5:52pm and sending you good thoughts from Colin and his cats

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      LOL bless you sweetie :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, now, I love nutmeg :)

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you stolas for visiting my page.. and as always my dear sweet Faith.. blessings from the Nutmeg State :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Awesome, Dearest Frank! I love that . . ."His Humanity Caged", now that is a pretty cool title there, along with this very dark poem here. Oh, yes, those inner demons will shout that perverse speech and place those false imaginations in one's mind and thoughts, when darkness reigns in one's heart! Then, the door is wide open for the devil to step right on in to come steal, kill and destroy . . . and devour!

      Excellent write!

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      (my sharing buttons are not appearing on my end, but I shall return, promise :)

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Stolas 4 years ago from Midwest

      Very much enjoyed this, I hope the light will mix with the shadow and the omnipresent will be revealed.