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Life Plus Twenty

Updated on January 18, 2012


Sanity starved,

an infant beaten,

a woman carved,

your eyes red,

because a cop you worked with

and called a friend was dead,

shot twice in the head,

it was almost like insanity teasing,

and the court verdict

was anything but pleasing,

this man was brutal and unforgiving,

at a sentence hearing

he was just staring,

right at the judge, glaring,

but it was the last time,

he’d be cuffed and sneering,

because he was doing life plus twenty,

parole no less than twenty-five,

he’d never make it out alive,

but life plus twenty was a courtroom victory,

It was a courtroom fight,

that didn’t seem right,

that hollow victory was gloom,

and seemed sufficient for as long as it

stayed in the courtroom,

in the end it was simply not enough,

several surviving victims lost in a fog,

and one little boy who had

his eyes poked out,

was learning to handle his guide dog,

and a courtroom victory would still shout.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much Ms Brooks for reading my life plus twenty

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow Frank I felt like I was there watching.. You are so great at this. poor little boy no eyes. I wanted to cry.

      Awesome as usual..

      Debbie

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Denise thanks so much for sharing your comments

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Ditto Eddy's words: 'Brilliant' You held my attention to the end and what an ending! You weave a wicked tale with your poetry, Frank. Thanks for sharing your exquisite talent here! Voted up and awesome!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Express10 thanks so much for sharing my life plus twenty :)

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      I enjoyed the hub and agree wholeheartedly with phdast7. I note that the criminal sneered like the majority of prisoners who don't have any remorse.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks PHDast7 for your comment.. I think it's the money that stales our justice system.. the law needs prisoners.. the police needs crime,, and the lawyers need cases.. without any of that no money would be made...:) Frank

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I know we must have a legal system and that the courts are preferable to uncontrolled vigilante justice...we know that...but sometimes just sometimes we want what we "feel" would be justice. Then as your poem so eloquently makes clear, "good court justice" does not seem right at all. Avery good read. Thank you.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      I agree with you Rosemary50 thanks for reading my life plus twenty

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A very emotional poem Frank. Doesn't it twist you up when even if he had received the death penalty that little boy also has a lifetime sentense. A victory for the court and case closed.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you for reading Sueswan :) Frank

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Frank

      "and one little boy who had

      his eyes poked out,

      was learning to handle his guide dog,

      and a courtroom victory would still shout"

      I gasped when I read these words.

      Voted up and awesome.

      Have a good weekend.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you you Poetic-Vix you :) LOL thanks for reading my life plus twenty

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I love your crime related poetry. Today's point is so vivid. Justice is never really that, it's just all society can do. Nothing can ever replace what had been taken, the pain caused, the damage done. Bravo.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Writer20 it's always good to see you :) Frank

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Another great one Frank. Voted up and awesome my friend.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      VG thanks so much for reading my Life Plus Twenty and the compliment.. and Audrey so many cases go to court and the outcome is good for courts standards.. but we the tax payers must clothes and feed the crimnals for life while the victims fight to get their lives back on track.. thanks for reading Audrey

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      What a great write Frank--but it made me remember---when I was in law school, I worked part-time my first year for an amicus board reviewing criminal appeals--After a while I couldn't do it anymore without wanting to throw up--the last one I read--was from an inmate father to tied his daughter up by her hair and beat her to death--it took three days for her to die--maybe this is too much reality for this forum--but there it is anyway

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      If Agatha Cristie is to write poems, this is it.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Alastar and you're right on all counts :)

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Powerful poem here Frank. That's right about not making it out alive for the monster; killers and mutilators like him aren't generally looked on too favorably by their prison associates. No justice is justice enough for the victims loved ones sometimes.You must of felt this one very deeply cause it sure is an emotional poem.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks thelyricwriter for that amazing comment.. and Raci.. you are the one to be admired.. and My friend Sky you're always on top of the game :) thank you guys for the wonderful comments :) Bless

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      Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      He He he . this is exactly the opposite way to be with those kinds of incidences , but it's my way of saying that Frank from DA Block has scored a great hit with this one. It's your best flow to date that can be placed anywhere , in a song a book or even a play , maybe you should check it again. "ANSWER TOMORROW" brethren Frank.

      My vote, great work.

      Bless.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      you always keep me on the edge, while reading your grim stories Frank...stories that make my stomach churn yet can't hide the admiration i have for you and your chosen genre...

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Frank, voted up, awesome, and interesting. Frank, you are very creative and your thinking process is genious. You have dipicted this life, this feeling very good my friend. Another class "A" poem.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Susan were we ever bad? LOL Justateacher good to see you again thanks for visiting my life plus twenty and Calico Stark welcome and thanks for leaving your footprints on my page :) Frank

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      calico Stark 5 years ago from Earth for the time being

      This poem was very alive! It creates a swirling of intense emotion that keeps one hooked. Voted up and awesome!

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Frank - another wonderful poem that makes you feel as if you are in the middle of the action.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Frank, Okay so I guess we're good then :) Have a wonderful day!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Susan I have nothing but love for you.. I joke cuz I know you have a great sense of humor....so I feed into that.. bless you :) Frank

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Frank, Sometimes I think you take my comments the wrong way. I do enjoy reading what you write and think you are a brilliant writer. If I didn't I would not comment at all. With that said :)....I think this guy should have had the book thrown at him. With no chance whatever for parole. Just locked away somewhere deep and dark. Great write!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for reading my life plue twenty Eddy.. bless you Frank

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant and has to be awarded that up up and away.

      Thank you for sharing this gem Frank and here's to many more to share on here.

      Take care;

      Eddy.