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The Darker Shades of Reality

Updated on September 12, 2015

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Ignorance took him places,

and there he would see a mass of whiteness

in a sea of black faces,

he’d walk by and your eyes would twitch,

he’d rarely hit anyone,

but he was a racist son of a bitch,

and he’d take it to his grave,

sometimes he reacted to what he saw

by crawling into a psychological cave,

and as far as he could tell,

he’d be damning every nigger

and liberal faggot to hell,

mostly for screwing up his country,

and other people’s sensitivity was his strength,

the gay community he wanted to tame,

not realizing that only respect brings respect,

and contempt the same,

he became a police officer,

who lacked the measure of intelligence,

and that was a must,

it was a precious commodity,

if you wanted to win over the black community’s trust,

during a raid and an attack,

he showed no respect or care for the blacks,

he displayed his prejudice, and it showed,

as he was dropping words like losers and toad,

then enough was said,

as he suffered a single gunshot to his head.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio


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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Wow! Very intense work here.

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      Marlin 55 5 years ago from USA

      I have to agree with poetvix--very intense. I like the way you strung some of the words together to make a description. It really stood out. Another good job Frank.

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      Voted up and interesting. Can I make a suggestion? Maybe find some free photos on to use to spice up your poems and hubs a bit? That would really make them pop and might attract more readers. Remember, image & presentation is a lot to most. :) Great writing, though!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks for reading my darker shades Poetvix.. you too Marlin55 and kittythedreamer.. hope it wasn't too hard on your ears.. bless you for reading.. Frank

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Good Morning Frank, were you tuning in to the theme of my breakfast debate about the lack of sensitivity of some policemen and my belief that they should be a part of a community and serve the people, not set up a "them vs. us" relationship? Granted, there are some truly dangerous neighborhoods where a them us mentality is the only way they can stay on top of criminal activities, but sometimes it's like that because of the prejudices a policeman might carry within.

      Good writing, as usual with a lot of "fodder" for thought.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Very well done, Frank! My 10 a.m. omelette breakfast and black coffee were standing a bit cold when I made a stop to read your poem 3 times! Ignorance if not tamed and fixed would always lead to disaster both to the ignoramus and to his victim(s).

      What an intensely written poem and for sure 'the ignorance' lead him to his grave. Voted interesting!

      Have a good day, Frank! I'm going to finish up my cold omelette and coffee now :)

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 4 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Frank your poetry is so profound and always carries a powerful message. Reminds me of childhood stories I read where there was always a moral to the story.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks Cyndi10 for your loyal support bless you and Coffee sorry I ruined your breakfast..but thanks for stopping by and Jlava I want to thank you too for your loyal support bless you all :)

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Profound words and so well said. Excellent Frank.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much Duffsmom :)

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      I really appreciate your strong way of poem. Its unique and with a very different story always. Enjoyed this one as well. Voted up and sharing also.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      There is a deep message in this one, Frank. So reminiscent of the early 60s when all the unrest and uproar was prevalent. Nicely done.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much dghbrh and you too Pegcole bless you both

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      There is hardly anything worse than a racist cop. It is unreasoning hatred with the power of club, gun and the law standing behind that officer.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      I much appreciate the poetery, like yours here, that rhymes well without force. You can read it start to finish and the meter and rhyme chime right in. Rated Up and more.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much X-man and you too Patty Inglish :)

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

      Another great one Frank...your police officer sounds a lot like my father...although I loved him dearly he was the biggest racist around...

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      We all know one Justateacher LOL

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      You're so passionate and it shows. "but he was a racist son of a bitch,"

      he’d be damning every nigger, and liberal faggot to hell. Lol. Another one of your best dark poems. voted up!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Lovedoc.. thanks for reading bless you girl :)

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      sweetie1 4 years ago from India

      Very nice and intense poem Frank..thanks for sharing

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thanks sweetie1

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