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Society At Play

Updated on July 31, 2013


It wasn’t a murder

as the evidence would show,

the young man died over a week ago,

face down, on the ground,

and it took a week just to be found,

that was society at play,

as the detective began cursing

at an over-dose victim in the alley-way,

finger pointing, lips pursing,

demanding from the cadaver

a little more cooperation and consideration,

looking for a solid explanation,

in fact, it was a command,

the detective continued berating the dead man,

as two housing authority cops stared,

in amazement they glared,

the detective’s anger would stack,

he was on a verbal attack,

where the hell did you fire up,

where is the fresh track,

why are you so young?

It wasn’t the actual death

that caused the spark,

it wasn’t even the aggravation

of not finding the needle mark,

it was wondering how the young

could die that way,

it had to be society at play,

he didn’t know what to feel,

you get called to a place,

and discover that the dead was real,

then staring into the young man’s face,

too surreal,

drugs can make the young fall,

and it gets worse with every successive call,

and at that moment,

another body was found,

at the end of the hall,

these projects just got so dim,

the detective wondered

what was more grim,

to be shot down with a high

caliber weapon,

like a dog,

or an overdose of drugs,

like a fat, greedy, hog,

losing the young had to be a sin,

nobody could win,

then he looked up and saw,

another young boy with a syringe,

he was holding it tight,

it was a sad sight,

his emotions would pin,

the boy was young and thin,

but on his face,

was a ridiculous half-grin.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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      Marlin 55 5 years ago from USA

      Great job Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Marlin 55 :) good to see you around..hope you started writing again..:) Frank

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      Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      Society at ppplay. You have just hit ion something there brethren Frank. Whose fault ? While others work feverishly to assist , these thing are cloaked so as if to say ...No one noticed...But keep those words coming , for all it tales is one man to truly notice.

      Great work brethren.

      Bless.

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      Marlin 55 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you Frank. I'm almost done with my novel. So I haven't had too much time to spare. I'm only sorry that I've been neglecting making comments on your hubs and some other great writers on hubpages. Everytime I get to read your work, I see growth. You're doing a great job,

      Frank.

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

      I always love what you write! It is almost like opening a present when I see you have something new!!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Sky for your wonderful comment.. and Marlin.. Im praying you have much success with your book venture .. Justateacher you are just too cool :) Frank

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      Justateacher took the words out of my mouth.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Food for thought Frank! Excellent as always my friend!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Frank, this one is great and this I mean, voted up and awesome, Joyce.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Awesome Frank.. always great work. Oh the boys so young and thin.... oh the death of it.. You do this so well.

      voted up and awesome

      debbie

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      Thought provoking poem that brings up deep questions.. who is to blame... the society ? It is a shame ... that the young become victims of its greed and corruption! Beautifully written! Be a blessing!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks for stopping by Express10, good to see you Audrey, and Writer20 still the best and the most wonderful woman Our Ms Brooks.. and lastly you shim dawn bless you all for visiting society at play :) Frank

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Amazing Frank and and this gem desrves a vote up plus a bookmark into 'my favourite hubs' slot.

      Take care and enjoy your day my friend.

      Eddy.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Oh MG...doesn't know what to say...

      why are we killing ourselves this way?

      Detective Frank...can't say more, your reputation supersedes you...thank you for solving the crime...

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much eddy..:) and thank you Raci for looking on :) bless you both

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Up, awesome, and interesting Frank. This was a great thriller! A great poem from a great poet. Another great one to the collection my friend:)

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      Lissette 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I really enjoyed it. It mustered up frustration in me at the end. I wanted to grab the last ginning guy and shake some sense into him on behalf of the detective but we all know that it doesn't work.

      I credit you that you can portray what you have seen in such powerful ways. I enjoy looking thru the shadows into the world that you are exposed to. I hope that it changes things for someone out there.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Frank

      A very sad situation that you have awesomely captured in your writing.

      Voted up and awesome.

      Take Care

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you the lyricwriter/slash tattoo guy.. and duffsmom thank you for reading and sharing m society at play and Sue what can we do? thanks for the vote up bless all of you folks :)

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      leann2800 5 years ago

      Good job. Its sad but I think if this were a real case of someone dying, the people who did notice would not admit to it because they were a part of the society at play or a part that thinks they deserve to die cause they bring it on themselves. It is a tragic and wasteful situation and I think you did a great job portraying that.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much leann

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      A great tragedy of course, but the predominant mood I took away this time was not as dark and intense as in previous poems. What gripped me more was the officer's puzzlement and frustration at not being able to determine the cause. An unsettling feeling...well done.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you phdast7 for sharing your comments have a blessed day :) Frank

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      wow cant believe I forgot to thank you Moms-Secret..:( so thank you LOL

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      How have I missed so many of your works? Each time I read one I think 'this is the best yet' but you go one to write more.

      Your writing is so true to life. I could feel the policeman's anger and share it. "Society at play", when will it stop?

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Til :)

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