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So Euphoric Was He

Updated on January 29, 2017

When war breaks out,

The devil really doesn’t care,

Giving birth over and over

To destruction and fear,

The night blanketed with screams,

Ghosts form like endless streams,

It’s a devil’s dream,

As the spirits of young men float by,

They wound through God’s heart,

Yes he would cry,

And in that he was sure,

All the dead soldiers came from war,

The devil,

So euphoric was he,

The dead littered as far as his eyes could see,

Dim lights, hopeless nights,

All this happens when mortals fight,

Killing each other

With all their might,

And peace, so distant,

Clearly out of sight,

The light imitating the night,

And life imitating death,

As God sits back gasping for breath,

Humans are so violent,

It’s as if they only hear

The devil’s call,

Humans kneel, pray, fight and fall,

Blame God,

Told him he failed,

And behind them on the cross,

Was God’s son violently nailed.

© 2013 Frank Atanacio

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you Valley that means a great deal coming from The Poet! Bless you bro :)

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Once again Phdast7 thank you for leaving footprints on my war collections..:)

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Frank - Powerful and poignant. Much truth here. This may be my favorite of your war poems. Blessings. Theresa

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Marlene hope you have a great Easter too :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      The devil just wants to destroy man. It keeps trying to steal, kill and demolish. you have conveyed this very well through the use of imagery. (peace so distant) voting up awesome! Hope you have an eggcellent Easter weekend.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Express10

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      H C Palting 4 years ago from East Coast

      This is truly amazing you paint powerful images with your words and the middle third of this one really provoked me to think about how the world can appear to us today. You are a master of your craft.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      LOL your good.. sweet dear moms :)

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      Lissette 4 years ago from Central Florida

      intrigued - to hear you speak of your need. :)

      As far as technology - I will seek you out on my own if it does not do its job correctly.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much Moms sometimes that happens but I wanna be on your feed... the need to be on your feed is greed LOL :)

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      Lissette 4 years ago from Central Florida

      War has always seemed like the powerful man's game of chess. I was off a bit. I see now that the powerful man's opponent may not be another man but the Devil. What a challenge... How could they resist? Awesome. Thought provoking as usual.

      I just started looking under your activity tab for your most recent work since I have not seen you on my feed.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much DDE and Jackie for stopping by bless you both :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This Frank is your very best. It comes from the soul and speaks so much truth. No trouble understanding this. Up and sharing.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Good poetry and great expressions too.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      LOL thank b. malin.. WAR..what is it good for? LOL and Epi you are a true gentleman bless you :)

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Another bonafide classic from you Sir Frank and one of my personal favorites which is saying a lot because you will always be one of my favorite writers - anywhere on the internet (or beyond) - sending you warm wishes on the coldest day yet by lake erie time ontario canada 11:24am

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      A very Powerful, and yet Poignant Poem Frank. War...what are we Fighting for...Absolutely Nothing.

      Voted Up & Awesome.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Alastar, thank you bro..:) LOL and you too Rosemay and gang for visiting :)

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This is such a powerful poem Frank. Voting UP

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Really says it all for the ravages of war and senseless conflict, says it in a way that goes shivery deep. Frank this could go as a chapter header in a best-seller history book on just about any war. Well done bro.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much Storyteller Sunnie, Eddy and a very good point Vin thank you guys for reading :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Perhaps war is the innate nature of human psychology. There is no war between rights and wrongs, but between the two rights.

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Powerful Frank. I cannot help but cry when I see the cross, stirring emotions on how one man who spoke of love was nailed to a tree in such a barbaric way, so violently was my Lord crucified. Yes humans continue to kill each other so without thought, through wars and hate, senseless battles rage on. Thank you my friend for writing this powerful piece.

      Sunnie

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      As always so powerful and gripping. I vote across,up and share.

      Eddy.

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      Barbara 4 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Frank, I think this also applies to violent crimes like Sandy Hook- similar emotions. When I began to read it, I knew consciously that you had written about war but in my mind- still trying to process Sandy Hook and the Aurora Theater shooting- I went there instead. Thanks for helping me out...

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Hyphen good to see you and Happy New Year :) Frank

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Amen. Frank you wrote this perfectly. As we humans focused on Satan's deceptions and distractions, the Son of Gad was violently murdered. Alas, it continues all the centuries later. Bless you dear friend.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      and thank you Mhatter and Gypsy for visiting my war poem bless you guys too :)

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you too Ruch and web for visiting my page :) Frank

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you so much Our Ms Brooks and Justateacher God bless you for stopping by :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. A hauntingly, poignant poem.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      What adds a level of "coldness" to your excellent poem; America is experiencing problems training men to kill. Knowing this. read your poem. Chilling what you created. Thank you

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      Bill Blackburn 4 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

      "it's as if they only hear the devils call." What a fantastic poem this is! What more can one say that hasn't already been said? Awesome!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Gosh...so true. The devil inside man tends to come out.

      Beautiful yet gross :(

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

      Another great piece of work...voted up and sharing....

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Frank this is the most wonderful and beautiful poem you have ever done in my eyes.. I am in awe.. You described what i think and you described it in a way that leaves tears in my eyes what hey did to our Lord.

      I am sharing this gem you wrote.. this is completely a work of art

      many blessing to you

      Debbie

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      wow thank you faith.. means a lot coming from you.. bless you :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh my goodness dearest Frank!

      This is one amazing write here. I believe you understand the character of God more than you know . . . WOW, this is truly superb writing here.

      Now . . . your hub gave me goosebumps too! I must link this to my soldier hub, if I may? So very good, this one. Oh, love the title, so cool.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      A distressing and poignant illustration of the horrors of war, with ghastly images of an elated Devil sneering at his handiwork on the battlefield. The ending is powerful and symbolic...impressive work Frank:-))

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you for reading :)

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      This sent shivers down my spine. I loved the imagery that was portrayed here. I say, well done! Voted up awesome!