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Salt and Dust

Updated on March 1, 2012


The child was crying pitifully,

her body feverish and hungry,

and her mother had just died there,

she was hugging her for warmth,

avoiding fear,

as an angel watched over her in tears,

human litter on the bed,

a young mother dead,

sheets covered in stains,

and urine tracks,

her face was like candle wax

the child filled with emotional strains,

as her life slowly drains,

there was no one to trust,

the dead mother’s skin

was like crust,

and the air smelled of salt and dust

then the child sat,

only four years old,

no bigger then that,

the room was cold,

the angel covered his eyes,

and his wings would fold,

mom, wake up,

she whispered under her breath,

and that angel was the only witness

to that death...

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Audrey

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I think phdast is quite right--sad and so beautiful--

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      phdast7 go on... no really go on..:) thanks for reading my friend Frank

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Frank - What an unusual poem. Quite sad, heartbreaking, and yet there is still a beauty in it. You do masterful work.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      LOL thanks Brother...:)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Dear cousin, this is terribly sad, but you are a wonderful poet.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Sueswan for the footprints you're leaving over my pages..:) bless you

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      So heartbreaking Frank but beautifully written.

      Voted up and awesome

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A great read Frank;gripping till the end.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      ruch you are way too kind thank you frank

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      oh god...that's a very tense moment and you captured it well.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      anytime :)

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      Much better Frankie, thank you ;)

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      and Reik im extending my hugs to you too feel better? thank you so much for sharing my salt and dust Frank

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      aaaaww im sorry sava here let me give you a hug :) feel better now?

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      reikieffect 5 years ago

      Frank, you make me laugh one day, and now you made me sad. Thanks for bringing so many emotions to my life! Beautiful poem!

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      Wow Frank! I'm gone for a day and you go and make me cry. I can feel all sorrow in every word. Beautifully done. Voted up and awesome.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Alastar

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      A poignant one Frank, and sad- but the imagery is vivid and enfolding.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks thelyricwriter for your vote of up and awesome LOL

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Frank, another example of great poet skills my friend. This one has so much emotion and detail. Voted up and awesome Frank. I bet you could write some great stories as well.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much rosemay50 for reading my salt and dust and thank you writer20 for always being here and Our Ms Brooks just gotta love you bless you all :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh Frank.. so beautiful and sad.. sweet little girl all by herself but not quite and angel to hold her. and watch over her. I love this Frank.. Great job

      I voted up

      Debbie

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Wonderful sad poem, great work Frank, Voted up and awesome, your friend Joyce.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      You definitely know how to bring a tear.

      Well written and good flow.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      and still you read it.. you are so sweet susan bless you :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh Frank this is such a sad one. :(

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks sky 10k yet? LOL

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      Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      They are the lone witnesses to all deaths. Well that if you believed in the most High .

      Nice flowing poem with great meaning . Great work brethren Frank .

      Bless.