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Shadows Dancing in a Ghetto Ballet

Updated on December 6, 2017

Shadows Dancing in a Ghetto Ballet

Still stuck to his fingers

was the duct tape,

as the odd chill lingered

after he completed the brutal rape,

he kept on moving,

and nothing remained still,

it all began as an emotional thrill,

he crossed Martin Luther King Boulevard

over on the east side,

he was looking for a place to hide,

he would be caught,

and that much he was sure,

as he walked down the street

where a lone whore,

unmistakably a transvestite,

gestured furtively at him

from the front door,

of a closed package store,

his face was hard,

as he looked away with cold rage,

then on the other page,

came the sound of a young girl,

laughing softly,

as the wind would twirl, whirl,

then blew away,

like shadows dancing in a ghetto ballet,

then came a rushing fear,

lights were flashing everywhere,

there was no place to hide,

and that he knew,

the street was covered with men in blue,

but for that crime of rape,

he vowed not to shed a single tear,

and in court, he’d make it clear,

as her blood covered his body,

he was a complete mess,

he stood motionless, graceless,

nothing to say,

as the shadows continued dancing

in a ghetto ballet.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio


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    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      thanks Peggy for stopping by

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      It does make one wonder as to the motivation of such brutal crimes as rape. You covered many emotions in this poem of yours starting out with the feeling of a thrill, cold rage, rushing fear and trying to hide. When caught he would try his best not to shed a tear. Wow! Indeed...he was a "complete mess."

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      7 months ago from Shelton

      you're like a shadow sneaking on my poetry page.. but it's good seeing comments from someone who really writes poetry..thank you young lady..:)

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      7 months ago

      Hi again. :) Exited your other poem. :) This poem is like a shadowww..gentle and smooth. Thanks for sharing. :D

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      7 months ago from Shelton

      I like that Rivera42 a raw punch in the face....:)

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      7 months ago

      This was dramatic, raw and a punch in the face good, I think I enjoyed it, but why a ghetto ballet? Eve

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Harish, Fpherj48 and lisa for visiting my page

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      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      What a story Frank. Something straight from the headlines.

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      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Frank.....This gives me goose bumps and frightens me.....and for you I'm sure this means you've succeeded! Your poetry comes alive, Frank.....I can feel I'm lurking around the corner, watching all the twists & turns and feeling my heart beat!...UP Awesome

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      What a wonderful style of storytelling through a poem ! Frank, it was very exciting and vibrant. You enacted a crime scene and everything was so vivid. Voted up and shared. I also voted it as useful as it greatly contributed to the art of poetry.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks sujava :)

    • sujaya venkatesh profile image

      sujaya venkatesh 

      4 years ago

      so touching frnk

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      aawww thank you Icben :)

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      4 years ago from Georgia

      Why are you not writing for TV? You have such a way of writing that I have no problem seeing your story happen. Though short, it was intense. I was hooked from the start as always when I read your work.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      Till god bless you..

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      As you are aware my friend, this one hits close to home. Not only your talent but your truths shine through in all your works but, to me, especially in this one.

      I would think your next work will have to be entitled "ghetto ballet" as it has caught on with all of us!

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

      Though I'm working on getting my buttons back (that's on HP btw), I haven't been successful.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      Jodah, and DGH thank you for visiting my Ghetto Ballet :)

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      5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      You have a unique way to express some different and shady things in a most unconventional ways of a poem. Thanks for this share. Votes up and shared.

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great poem Frank. I also like the term "ghetto ballet". Your talent for short crime fiction definitely comes to the fore here too...very descriptive and emotive. Thanks for sharing. Voting up.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Sandcastles for stopping by :)

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      5 years ago

      This character thinks only about himself-that's why he raped in the first place. All he seems to feel is fear and he's concerned with his image (he's not going to shed a tear). He doesn't attack the transvetite that could have beaten him up or given him a few good punches but he was brutal to his victim; what a cowardly lowlife. Good poem though!

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      Im sorry to hear about your friend.. my prayers will be with you

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      Diane Minton 

      5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      Good to excellent poem, too close to home today, my bf on facebook is missing her name is elizabeth collins I did a Hub on it last night, been up about 48 hours less 5 hrs sleep, we wrote each day...this is not easy to bear...great work good hubs be cool

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks just a teacher

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      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Love this one, top...especially the"ghetto ballet"


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