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On Slow Nights

Updated on February 13, 2015


On slow nights,

when there were less beatings,

and less fights,

the detective would take out

one of the unmarked police cars,

ride through a drug market area,

where the streets were black,

then ride through the meat rack,

where hustlers sold themselves outside

the gay pick-up bars,

trying to beat the clock,

bi-curious rocking in cars,

then he’d ride through the Chinese block,

a block that the Jews would fear,

they say everything bought in America

was made there,

in China,

so what are they doing here,

the detective knew

that everyone in these places,

were leaving behind footprints and traces,

each tour provided

another four or five faces,

for his memory bank,

victims or victimizers

who might one day matter

to an important case file,

it wasn’t a purely photographic memory

but it would lighten the pile,

and it was close enough,

it was all part of protecting

all the citizens’ rights,

and he just does this on slow nights.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Frank--what a great write! I want to say sultry although the topic doesn't feel like that--the writing does though--

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Audrey yeah I was having one of those slow nights LOL Frank

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I think I like those for you!

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

      Another great one Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you Audrey.. me too... LOL Justateacher thanks for sharing my slow nights.. and Sky.. yeah you know the Apple too well..:) LOL

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up and awesome Frank. I thought it was great. With your poetry, I believe the reader gets a great perspective from it. Every word, every line, I am visualizing it all in my head. For myself, it then become a story with meaning. In all seriousness, Frank, very well done. It catches my eye.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you so much Lyricwriter for your wonderful sincere comment :) Frank

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Your poem/story is amazing. Voted up and great.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you writer 20 for being so loyal in following my hubs :)

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

      Dude! You sure can get in someone's head and let the rest of us take a glimpse. Hubtastic.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      this reminds me the character on Jonathan Kellerman's novel, Detective Peter Decker...what a great way of narrating the story Frank...

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Poetvix first Im just laughing over Dude.. and thank you so much for reading my slow nights.. and Raciniwa-- now you're just being too kind.. but I'll take it! LOL thanks for reading guys.. all of you are super---

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      I certainly enjoyed this one have to award that up up and away.

      Take care;

      Eddy.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks eddy :) Frank

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      Senoritaa 5 years ago

      So finally he gets a slow night. Cool. LOL. Nice one!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thanks again Senoritaa.. good to see you

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Just an excellent read Frank--came back to read this one again!

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      LKMore01 3 years ago

      Frank,

      Thank you for that magical moment of reading poetry where impactful language and unforgettable imagery collide effortlessly in the mind. Loved it

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      Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Nice glimpse, another shot of humanity through the eyes of an insider. Well written and felt.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Audey and thank you LKMore for stopping by my page :)

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Tony for reading my slow night :)

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      shoreline 3 years ago

      yeah this was well written

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thanks shoreline :)

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      Really enjoyed the last few lines of the poem most.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you dealforaliving :)

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