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Pour Pattern

Updated on October 3, 2015

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This case could stump,

it took place in a two-story dump,

where the homeless lived with no shame,

mailboxes had scratched away names,

blackened by the intense flames,

it was a crime scene,

because of the pour pattern

from gasoline,

it was considered a murder,

but the evidence would have to take,

a good lawyer can suggest that someone

spilled the stuff by mistake,

then accidentally dropped a smoke,

and only the truth would choke,

even if the pour pattern can hold,

it’s often told,

juries like dead people with bullet holes,

or knives stuck into their backs,

everything else gets piled up in stacks,

there were no witnesses,

just a bunch of burned furniture,

and one crispy critter in the middle of the room,

it was going to be a long afternoon,

even longer if a witness didn’t turn up soon,

it was a homeless guy,

about sixty-five,

with a black patch over the right eye,

the poor bastard was lying there like a steak,

that someone forgot to turn over,

and if the detectives don’t catch a break,

he’ll be just another Shake N Bake.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio


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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton


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      3 years ago

      I love numbers/math. Majored in fiannce and minored in math in college. In High School I got 7 years of math (block classes every year except freshman year had to go to a local college my senior year of high school for calc 2 and calc 3)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you pegcole :)

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Unsolved mysteries of the "disposable people" kind, the homeless who have few fighting for them. Powerfully written and evocative. You have a way with words, Frank.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      thank you PHDAST7 for your honest comment FRank

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Oh, Frank! I don't know what to somber and dark, every detail right, the description of what juries like was perfect....the patch over one eye was just right...and then you betrayed the mood you were building (or that was building inside of me) with "SHAKE AND BAKE!"

      I am shaken, confused, the "center will not hold."

      Shall I laugh or cry or feel sad or giggle. This was a disquieting read, to say the least. :) So I am SHARING, of course. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      thanks again raci :)

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      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      lost and forgotten...awesome write Detective Frank...

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      thanks express10 for enjoying my pour pattern bless you

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      H C Palting 

      6 years ago from East Coast

      Awesome. Shake N Bake ends this in great style with ease. All of your poems have truth in them and are vivid with their wording.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      Rosemay,, you're nuts LOL thank you :) Reik thanks for stopping by always good to see you.. shimdawn thank you for your comment and Alastar thanks for that vote of confidence bless you all :)

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      Alastar Packer 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Frank without a doubt this is one of your best yet. Unique is right everything came together in your creativity perfectly.

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      shimmering Dawn 

      6 years ago

      Oh my! how do you manage to create scene so stark with such few words? Great write! Have a blessed day! Peace!

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      6 years ago

      This poem that started so sad and somber, turned around without a warning and made me laugh. :) Shake n Bake. You twisted it around Frank and made it unique!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      yes I liked the 'Skake n bake' and the crispy critter too Lol. Anyone like their steak well done?

      Enjoyed this one

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      thanks writer20 bless you :)

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Good one my friend to enjoy reading. Voted up and awesome, Joyce.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      glad you liked it :)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      Shake n' bake and crispy critters--LOL

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      yeah sky I'd knew you'd catch that one lol :)

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      6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      LOLOLOL. There you go , Frank Antanacio, a shake and bake. Do not let too many hear , these expressions because it our world they quickly stick.

      I heard , stiffs, expired, croak and many more.

      This is you at your best brethren.


    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      thank you

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      Don Bobbitt 

      6 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Good Read and thought provoking. Voted Up.


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