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Memories, Mourning and Tears

Updated on February 4, 2015

Memories, Mourning and Tears


Shadows soared toward the skies,

angels stared with astonishment

as death lies,

the devil’s heart quickened with gratitude,

he collected his share,

however crude,

it was fair,

although the angels selected first,

the souls collected by evil

would ripple and burst,

without protection without a shield,

off the battlefield

they fought for what was right and wrong,

on the battlefield,

the fighting took so long,

as they fought for their very lives,

and in many cases, no one survives,

God’s cry echoed across the plains,

littered with dead and wounded soldiers,

as if he felt the pains,

the church bells wrung,

as the battle’s triumphant tone, stung,

and only mercy would hide,

world leaders had their pride,

as the dead solders’ ghosts

would move away with a graceful glide,

and their loved ones faces exuded despair,

as they collected their share,

which consisted of memories, mourning and tears.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio


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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Good imagery Frank. The title should attract the reader's attention at the very least and it did for me. I agree with you with regards to the death penalty. Voted up awesome and interesting!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much Marlene :) Frankie

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      Lissette 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Always a good read when I visit you Frank.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much for reading Moms..bless you girl

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 4 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World


      I love your poetry because it makes me uncomfortable.

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

      I agree with know you're going to find something great to read when we see your name!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Awesome, Frank, truly awesome!! These lines struck me:

      "God’s cry echoed across the plains,

      littered with dead and wounded soldiers,"

      It is the least man could wish for God to feel pain and anger Him, but it happens so every now and then. Only we, as man, can make up for it, if it is not too late...

      I would like to share this Frank in my Passionate Poetry page on Facebook so many others can read it. -

      Thanks and Cheers!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Jlava thanks so much for reading and Justa teacher thank you for the visit and loyalty bless you and weclome to my page coffeegin :) bless you all

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      NayNay2124 4 years ago

      Frank, this poem is very poingant. You write such beautiful words. Voted up and Awesome.

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      This is a really excellent poem Frank..good and evil presiding over the battlefield, filtering out the fallen; the love ones though, not having a choice, as they must accept the tragic reality of war. Voted up and awesome!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for visiting my page naynay bless you.. and yes Valleypoet the filtering out of the fallen.. and all the family collects are memories, mourning and tears.. thanks buddy :)

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      Skyler DeCristoforo 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This poem flows so smoothly. A vivid picture of life and death and beyond. I really enjoyed this,

      - Skyler

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Skyslave2 :)

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