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The Cage Door

Updated on June 14, 2012


Empty, hollow,

long drawn out breath,

and his life beaten to death,

there was vomit on the cell floor,

and for a few moments,

the derelict was framed

by the cage door,

homeless and poor,

nothing more,

as his hunger and poverty

had no place to hide,

the guard past the lock-up

without even looking inside,

and when you’re down on your luck,

you’re not treated the same,

no one gives a fu**,

they don’t see his pain,

the unmistakable expression

on the derelict’s face,

arrested for trying to find

a warm place,

poor health, hungry, cold,

makes his mind shout,

he was a living, breathing soul,

in that there was no doubt.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Wrenching picture of what happens in every city in this country and maybe across the world. Do bad choices mean condemnation to a life like you describe? So it seems.

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      DFiduccia 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Powerful!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Yeah often feel sorry for the poor and downtrodden. Especially the derelicts who have reached rock bottom and now are looking to be saved by anyone who would care and no one does.

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      smga22 4 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Excellent

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much X for your wonderful comment.. and thank you D-F for stopping by my page Gypsy always good to see you and thanks for the comment and smga thank you

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      This is an amazing poem. Poor homeless people all need help.

      Voted up and awesome my friend, Joyce.

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      Lady_Tenaz 4 years ago

      This was amazing, beautiful and sad. Such emotions were pulled out of me while I read this poem. Such a sad tale.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Joyce and Lady T for your comments bless you guys

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      This is such a timely write Frank---while the battle continues here about the homeless breaking the law when they ppull up a piece of pavement

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      Angelme566 4 years ago

      A touching reality ! It simply reminds us of our obligations as human being , many creams for help for food , why not give our hands when we can even afford to buy expensive things when at the end we will just leave them..Lets us do our share in this world..You and me..WE !

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much Audrey for stopping by and you too Angelme bless you both

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Frank

      "he was a living, breathing soul,

      in that there was no doubt."

      Very sad.

      Voted up and awesome.

      Enjoy your weekend. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks sue you too :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm playing catch up today with my reading:)

      Sad scary place for anyone to be ... behind the cage door.

      Wonderful piece!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Frank, deep, deep poem friend. The world is a different place when your homeless, it is much bigger and lonely. Awesome writing as usual Frank and a great message. Voted useful, awesome, interesting, and up. Take care Frank.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Susan you're sweet and thelyric writer as always thanks for visiting my cage..:) Frank

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      You hit a spot close to my heart with this one Frank

      Excellent job.

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      now this was Brilliant Frank... If you could combine all your timeless works and insert some connecting text there... you could create a cinematic experience of a lifetime....

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Sadly, so many of the unfortunate people have to suffer more. Awesome composition, Frank! I would love to link this poem to my hub, a poem about "Silence" (in violence).

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow Frank you write like it is.. and I love it..

      blessings to you my friend

      Debbie

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much rosemay and Rahul for visiting my cage door.. and welcome coffeegin and Deborah for your comments bless you guys

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      Caroline Marie 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

      This was amazing Frank! You are a master of words. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      You must be talking about yourself Caroline.. you're the master of words.. LOL

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Empty! Hollow! This is how I feel after reading this poem.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks VG for visiting my cage door

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Nice job, frank. Great descriptions!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks PDX :)

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      IsadorasThought 4 years ago

      Frank, you're a brilliant poet.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      I dont know about that Isa.. but ill take anything I can get and your comment meant alot :) Frank

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Wow words spoken about a wounded soul seeking for cover, for hope, and for shelter from the cold.

      I once was this man you speak of, and I got tossed in the cage as well for trespassing and wrongfully beaten by some hotel guards, and right here in the good ole big apple New York City (Manhattan on 34th street, summer of 1998), but I learned something that day as you have said here, No one gave a Fu**.

      My life is a true story of survival, and I wish I can write my autobiography onto hubpages, but you know how it goes here so I refrain from doing so, and instead write words of inspiration, of wisdom, and help for others. This is the first poem I've read on hubpages that appeals to the hurt individuals on earth that are truly helpless.

      Bro you out done yourself on this one here, I will vote this one up and share it as much as I can, because I been there and done that, and survived to tell it all.

      Trust me being homeless isn't pretty at all, if you've ever been forced to go through it. The lord knows I have, oh man it was rough. Thank god for the Navy though, it helped me out in more ways then anyone could imagine.

      Awesome poem, wow! Again

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Cloud.. you are all that bro.. God blessed you and here you sit to tell about it.. thanks for the vote up :)

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      Angela Kane 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Beautiful poem, I read your other poems and they are all very good.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thansk angela kane for seeing beauty.... in this poem

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      raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      touching Frank, but you always have a keen sense of humanity in you...

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      I just want to thank you Raci for leaving your footprints all over my page bless you :)

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Nice Frank. Vivid as always! Well done. Up and shared

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      PDX thank you so much my friend :)

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