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In The Gallery

Updated on April 12, 2017

It took years

and lots of tears,

but finally he would confess,

his life was a total mess,

in reality,

there was never enough evidence,

and he suffered from police brutality,

by measured steps,

his wife walked him into a crowded courtroom,

where everything went silent,

the judge, the lawyers, the jury,

but he knew everyone

held that bottled fury,

and the emotions were mixed,

as the entire courtroom sat transfixed,

his wife’s life seemed so low,

she suffered and had no where to go,

and in the gallery,

she knew there was going to be a show,

but her husband could not see

a surviving victim,

primly dressed and eight months pregnant,

in the gallery’s front row,

he did not see one of the jurors,

the young black girl

who would care,

crying softly in the back tier,

he did not see the cold rage

on the judge’s face,

who feels he should be locked in a cage,

everything seemed out of place,

there were no sights, but lots of sounds,

and lastly he did not see

the detective who blinded him,

with two .38 rounds,

glaring with strange fascination

from the defense table,

a few feet away,

wondering why that killer

would confess this day.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio


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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton


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      Azul 3 years ago

      Thanks for the link – but I was disappointed in Ten’s bias. Two poelpe for redefining marriage and one against redefining marriage is not a fair debate. This bias was compounded by the host’s bias too.Like “global warming,” I can’t say I’m a fan of Ten’s unbalanced coverage on this issue. It’s not a good way to win audiences.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Phdast7 for sharing your thoughts

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I like this Frank and like the unexpected ending, too. Good description.

      I find it very interesting, the difference in look and atmosphere between old, traditional courtooms and new modern ones, like your picture. Wonder if anyone has done any research on how and if the courtroom affects cases and decision-making? Hmmmm.....

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton


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      Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

      You're welcome.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Phoebe :)

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      Phoebe Pike 6 years ago

      This is an amazing story... it's shocking and very fascinating. One of your best.

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Senorita for looking into my gallery, and up up and away for your comment Eddy,, bless you both Frank

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Hi Frank,another true gem from you.

      A definite up up and away.

      Take care Frank and have a gret day.

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      Rinita Sen 6 years ago

      Hmm. Really felt I was sitting there, and watching this in a courtroom. Brilliant again Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      Hey WD the gallery is in New York not Florida you're right.. thanks for reading.. and Poetvix you are a top rating commentor stay sweet and Sue thanks for your vote going up and awesome so folks thank you all for visiting the gallery bless you Frank

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Hi Frank

      "his wife’s life seemed so low,

      she suffered and had no where to go,

      and in the gallery,

      she knew there was going to be a show,"

      It looks like justice was done.

      I too agree that this would make a great tv show.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      This is chilling, as many of your crime related poems are. I find the juxtaposition of opposites intriguing. The poetry is so beautiful while the stories contained within hold such real life horror. Frank, you are indeed a complex man and your writing certainly reflects it. I further agree with the TV comment. This would make for a high rating show.

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      WD Curry 111 6 years ago from Space Coast

      This wasn't in Florida. the cops use 9mm or more, with a 380 back up. This guy really better not drop the soap. He will never find it.

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      well thank you Gata Loca.. for sharing your comment with me :) Frank :)

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      CrazyGata 6 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Frank, the moment I saw the picture it caught me off guard. You have an amazing way with words.

      Truly amazing. Touching. I appreciate the privilege.

      Up and Beautiful!

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks so Much Audrey for visiting my gallery, and Blossom SB thanks for leaving foot prints in my gallery, Time2Rite you always say the right thing bless you.. Our Ms Brooks, just gotta love you period.... Simmering Dawn thanks for entering my gallery bless you..thelyricwriter.. you r da bomb..:) Raci always good to see your face on my pages :) and Express10 thank you so much for stopping by.. bless you all from the Gallery :) Frank

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      H C Palting 6 years ago from East Coast

      I always enjoy your poetry/stories. The stories you tell so succinctly are amazing and gripping. Awesome and voted up.

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      oh, another Crime Story Frank, and you're getting better at have me transfixed while awaiting for the judge's verdict...

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Frank, another high quality poem my friend. A surreal picture for some. Detailed poetry. Awesome job. You always get my votes.

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      shimmering Dawn 6 years ago

      Great Story Frank and so artistically told! Power packed stories in a few lines. Bravo! Have a blessed day! Peace!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Frank I always love your poetry and the stories behind them and I always say your stories would be great TV shows like Law and Order or CSI.. In other words I love your hubs.. So entertaining. Have a wonderful evening my friend.

      Oh of course I voted way up..


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      Kathryne Waller 6 years ago from Knoxville, TN USA

      Voted "Up" and "Awesome". The way you take words, write a poem, yet create a masterpiece story...incredible as always, Frank!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A great story Frank and presented so well, too.

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      It is a great gallery Frank! Always a great read and this is no exception to that steadfast rule!

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks so much Writer20 and VG for joining me in the gallery bless you both

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      This is a good story, I agree with Just Ask Susan. Voted up my friend.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      very interesting story blended with fine art of poetry.

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you Sky and Just Ask Susan for stepping into my gallery :) Frank

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good morning Frank, So many of your hubs would make fantastic TV shows, especially this one.

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      Sky9106 6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      A beautiful story brethren Frank , it flowed straight through to the end , you captured all the entire thing perfectly well.

      I know this is a sign of things to came , take your time Bro.



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