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Jefferson Street

Updated on September 12, 2015

There was absolutely no grudge,

It all started with a warrant

Signed by a judge,

38 Jefferson Street

Was a shit brick pile,

Playing host to a police parade,

But the beleaguered population

Had no problems with the raid,

The once crowded building

Was strangely silent,

Hours earlier, emotions were streaming,

Children were screaming,

It was all hell,

As a dozen or so occupants

Marched down the narrow,

Rotting stairwell,

It was dark,

And there was no light,

While closing in on mid-night,

The detectives had seen worse places,

In most of their search cases,

But make no mistake,

38 Jefferson Street took the cake,

Out side the building,

Empty dark and light brown faces

Stare blindly into the cold,

Both young and old,

And equally afraid,

As the police found nothing

In that search and seizure raid.

© 2013 Frank Atanacio

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much B Malin, Audrey and Eddy for stopping by :)

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      I've missed reading your Excellent Hubs Frank, but now I'm back and playing catch up.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      This is brilliant Frank; you are a natural story teller.

      Thank you for another great read and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      You tell such wonderful stories in these -I just love the grittiness of them--

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much Peggy

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Frank,

      You truly have a way with words. The picture that you painted in our minds was a vivid slice of life for those residents of Jefferson Street during that police raid. It makes you wanting to know more!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much Faith and Mck for visiting Jefferson Street

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      What a gritty piece of writing. You painted this so well.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Frank, wow, I think I've been to that street in the city in which I work, grim . . . I missed this amazing write here some how? But I am here now.

      Really great piece. Voted up ++ and sharing

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Phoebe Ill check them out and thanks for riding with me Moms.. and thank you Seeker7 for stopping by bless you all

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Another awesome example of vivid images from life that can only be experienced in this way by the pen of a wonderful poet!! With few words you paint the faces and the feelings of the people and leave the reader wondering what it was they didn't find???? What would happen if they did find it??

      Incredible piece of work!!!

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      Lissette 4 years ago from Central Florida

      It feels like I visited you at work today. On the beat. It has to be frustrating to take all the steps to search for something that isn't there.

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      Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

      Well I have a few new hubs added. Lolz

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Oh and thank you Jackie for stopping by :)

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      again thanks Phoebe you r so good for my ego LOL no Im not Moms-Secret she's sending me emails when she publishes something new feel free to do the same Frank :)

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      Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

      Another example of why you need a book. I really would like to print off your hubs and bind them just to put them in my library where I can read them without needing internet. Please tell me you are starting to work on publishing your fabulous work?

      Oh, by the way, are you still not getting notified when I publish new hubs?

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well they were looking for something, huh, Frank? Just didn't find it did they?

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you for reading Erik, Alastar, Vin and sweetie1 bless you all :)

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      sweetie1 4 years ago from India

      Very nicely written poem Frank. voted up

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Frank,

      this is also a great read.

      Have a great weekend.

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Remember that Elvis song "In the Ghetto?" Suppose went it comes to places like 38 Jefferson Street it's a hit and miss affair for the police, the babies and children cry on regardless, though.

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      Erik Estabrook 4 years ago from Elmwood Park, Illinois

      very nicely penned, I think you used enough words to describe without overthinking or overrhyming, just great to see an adequately described scene without over explanation

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you Moesky for dropping by :)

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      Moesky 4 years ago

      Great - I am so inspired. You've just shown us (again) that poems can be written about anything...even crime stories.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Ruch :)

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      So creative yet vivid and the want to be away from such places.

      great write up, Frank

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      you got it Gypsy..:) and thank you Blossoms for stopping by and as always good to see you my talented Valleypoet friend :)

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      The scene, as usual, described very skilfully...this time leaving much for the reader to ponder upon...a tip off perhaps?...all in a days work..great read...thanks Frank:-))

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I guess this happens. I wonder if you are left with the feeling that maybe there was something overlooked, or was it just routine and move on?

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Unfortunately things like that do happen. The police find nothing but then something tragic happens and so on and on.... Great imagery. Sounded like a tenement in the slums.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      LOL silly no it's off of Congress Street

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Another brilliant crime poem, Frank....... Keeping us on our toes! Wonderfully written..... Is this the Jefferson St. next to Hartford hospital? LOL

      Voting up and awesome :)

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks for stopping by Express10 Rosemay50, baby and doggy, and you too Mhatter

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm impressed. Very creative. Kudos!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Now that is a scene I would not like to be anywhere near. Good writing Frank

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      H C Palting 4 years ago from East Coast

      Your words paint such a vivid picture that could describe real life scenes around the country. Good work.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you our Ms Brooks :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      awesome frank.. great writing

      Debbie

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      LOL thanks justateacher :)

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Seems like something should have been found in such a horrid place...

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks X-man!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      "Just routine" police work, maybe acting on a tip, got a warrant, will the judge shrug? Excellent work, routine for you Frank!