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Rolling Hills

Updated on September 22, 2015


When he was with his family,

he never talked shop,

but this detective couldn’t stop

thinking about what happened

in that park after dark,

he was a father and husband by day,

and at night, a cop,

he wouldn’t have it any other way,

he was picnicking with his family,

on a sunny weekend morning in May,

over looking the rolling hills,

and he knew the drills,

how ironic to have such a remembrance

of a woman whose body had been discovered,

underneath leaves and branches,

but only slightly covered,

on these picnic grounds,

where children’s laughter

should have been the only sounds,

it was a memory attack,

right here in the rolling hills,

his eyes were drawn back

to the smiling face of his wife,

but his mind was now littered,

with the thoughts of the bloody knife,

sticking out the woman’s chest,

he was trying to contain that feeling,

he did his best,

his thoughts just kept on reeling,

then he took one last look

into the gleaming eyes of his child,

he smiled, the child smiled,

then the thoughts of death had been stored

in his head and filed,

nothing could be worse,

if a wife and child cannot come first.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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      Lissette 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I feel really bad for him. Trying so hard to compartmentalize. A lot of people take a partner in life and build a family only to struggle thru things alone. Some wives would rather he confided in them then struggle alone.

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Very very powerful Frank. Well done!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Moms-secret.. best comment ever.. yeah thanks so much and duffsmom always good to see you face or your name LOL Frank bless you both

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      Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      The life of enforcement officers , can only be compared to that of a soldier that's constantly in the heat of battle, on the field and in his mind .

      The office seems to be always on the job as he is also targeted by his memory.

      You my brethren Frank has done a wonderful job in comparing and showing how the mind works, both on and off the job.

      Blessup!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much sky.. I appreicate that :)

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      time2rite 5 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

      Wow, Frank, this is written so well. It's almost as if you were right in the mind of this detective telling of the flasback as if it were your own; awesome writing again!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting Frank. Useful because it lets our mind enter the split life of a cop, awesome cause you are, and interesting because it gives me that interesting perspective. Nice job Frank. Have a great weekend!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great poem, I could see his mind thinking. Good work.

      Vote up and awesome, Joyce your friend.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Frank

      This one really reminds us of the importance of family.

      Voted up and away.

      Take care

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      time2rite thank you so much.. thelyricwriter bless you bro... Writer20 it's always good to see you and Sueswan thanks for your comments too again bless you all :) Frank

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I can only imagine all the things that must come back to cops and detectives. It must be so hard for them with all the flashbacks they have to live with.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      I am sure you're right Susan thanks for visiting :)

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

      It is often hard to keep work and family life separate...and with jobs like his, it is important for him to shield his family from the horrors of his job...

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      you are so dead on Justateacher.. thanks for visiting again :) Frank

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      justateacher is right-shielding family is paramount. As the wife of a former LA cop, the keeping things in does come at a heavy cost to the cop though - hopefully they can find a good healthy release. PTSD comes in a lot of different forms. What a cost for doing what is right and protecting society!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks again duffsmom for the revisit :) Frank

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      femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

      Frank,

      Although I still haven't developed into a big poetry fan, I found this one to be provacative in good ways.

      Evil can abound in the most beautiful of places, and it takes much courage and determination to smile and maintain priorities when the heart is heavy.

      femme

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you femme for giving my poetry a try bless you :)

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      What an awesome poem! I love the turn from thoughts of murder to thoughts of his family. How sad that, though he looks happy on the outside with his family, he is all alone with his thoughts that torment him. And I love how you ended it. A big punch of "wow" right in the gut. Awesome Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      sava.. lol yeah you are indeed good for my pages LOL thanks for the comment

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      What a pity...if only life could be that easy, we don't need police to uphold the law so as not to jeopardize ones peace of my mind...you're really a master story teller Frank...i'm engrossed by your tales...

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      Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton

      thank you raci for sharing :)

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      Tijani Achamlal 20 months ago from Morocco

      An absolutely amazing poem. Always you have a new story to tell..Amazing!

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      Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton

      thanks James for checking out my rolling hills :)

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