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The Behavior Patterns

Updated on February 13, 2012


The murder case went on for so long,

it was clearly one for the ages,

as the trial started in several different stages,

the case was weak when he thought it was strong,

and he realized that when the defense attorney

looked approvingly at the jury,

he knew something was wrong,

his heart instantly filled with fury,

he thought it crazy when the State would rest,

that brought on a state of high stress,

but he knew he had the right man,

and the justice system was his last stand,

what damaged his credibility,

and why did he fail,

it was an open and closed case

just waiting for the final nail,

it was a capital crime way beyond jail-time,

it was up to the witnesses,

and none seemed fake,

there could be no mistake

during the critical moment,

maybe it was the behavior patterns,

uncooperative, too cooperative,

some were out of touch,

some talked too little,

while others talked too much,

some would show hate,

others would show fear,

some got their story perfectly straight,

while others would just stare,

some talked without thinking,

some avoided eye contact,

but kept continuously blinking,

suddenly the air got thin,

when the not-guilty verdict came in.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio


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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      hey whatcha doing out late girl.. don't you have a curfew? LOL thanks Faith for being Faithful here to my pages..:)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Well, Dear Frank, I am glad I saw where this was shared, as I never saw a notice!!! For, if I did, I would have faithfully been here ... 42 hours ago!!! What? Oh, must have been Sunday night when I was out-of-pocket and then when I arrived back home late, I went straight to bed. Well, I am here now, and I love a poem which keeps one reading with suspense and then ... surprise ... very good!

      Up and more and sharing, of course!

      Hugs and love from southern USA,

      Faith Reaper

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Justasksusan, Good to see you Lathing, and thanks for your comment Savvydating :) bless you guys

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      Yves 4 years ago

      It drives me crazy when the one who is right isn't heard. Once again, you've composed another suspenseful piece of prose. You're just so good at what you do. Up, awesome.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Wow, Frank! Another twist at the end..... Buildup is great! Hope you are doing well :)

      Take care, buddy..... Voting up and everything.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good morning Frank,

      Not guilty - even I was surprised.

      Up and awesome, and shared as always!