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The Foundations of Life

Updated on February 12, 2015
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The devil stood alone in the shadows,

it was during the quiet storm,

watching spirits move about

the infant’s silent form,

soft, gentle, at peace,

and the warmth ran deep,

the child was in a perfect sleep,

but could only choose one voice,

it was the child’s choice,

the ascension to heaven depended

on an intricate string of prayers,

that would make the angels speak,

and the demons weak,

heaven or hell, no one could tell,

no soul to sell,

but the infant had it’s value, its worth,

death before birth,

there was no extortion,

mother a teenager girl,

the father paid for the abortion.

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© 2014 Frank Atanacio

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      Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

      Im sorry JustaskSusan :( but thanks and thank you too strictlydating and Lady Fiddler for visiting my foundation....

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Darknlovely

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      Annie 2 years ago from NewYork

      sad write.. but there is always two sides to s stories

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Dana Tate :)

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Profound and deep. I was so moved by this piece that words were hard to come by, to say it is a masterpiece is an understatement. Congratulations on your Gold award.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Jo thank you for leaving footprints on my work today bless you

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      I dream of one day this poem can be something that women who wish to abort would read before the decision is made. And the dad's of babies would have to read it too. This poem really stands out.

      It is profound and the circle of life you have created with your perfect words. Shared and Up+ Awesome, Beautiful, Brilliant, Interesting.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you savvy dating and Nadine May for visiting :)

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      A beautiful poem to describe the deeper meaning surrounding an abortion. You are very talented.

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      Yves 3 years ago

      Indeed, "the infant had it’s value, its worth." I have no judgement for confused teenagers, nor do I suggest in any way that you do. But the beautiful point you made is that this life had value and has probably returned to the Spirit from whence it came...

      Another beautiful piece, Frank. I cannot help but marvel at your talent.

      Up, awesome, beautiful.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thanks ologsinquito

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      Someone else I know summed this up perfectly, when he said, "the devil hates life and love"

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      LOL, I see very good my friend :)

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      Richard Parr 3 years ago from Oz

      Life, so easy to make, far too easy to take. In 'perfect sleep', we encroach upon their crib, to slay them ere they wake, the world of them to rid.

      Something about your work inspires me Frank.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Anna

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Tragic, dark and very well written.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you manatita44

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Painting a deep message in poetry here. Silence ...

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thanks moms good to see you again :)

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      Lissette 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Amazing word play. Powerful and profound. I was never able to chose a side about this but that seems to be in my nature for a great many things.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much B Malin :)

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      b. Malin 3 years ago

      Excellent Poem on a "Hot Topic"...Abortion, handled oh so well by you Frank, in this delicate form. Right or Wrong, the truth is somewhere in between, and someone has to live with their decision.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Uban

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      sad! sad! sad!

      quite a big loss to the doer...

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      yes it is dark.. thanks for popping by :)

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      Annie 3 years ago from NewYork

      abortion is touchy subject... sad write..

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you kerlund74 :)

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      So sad, but still a wonderful poem. Needs to think about.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hey Frank "Gute Morgen" very nice poem about an abortion :) isn't it sad!

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      StricktlyDating 3 years ago from Australia

      A sad poem that really has some impact.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh my goodness what a sad way to start my day. Brilliant as always Frank.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank so much Always... and thank you too Gypsy

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      WOW That comes right at you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      OMG, This is amazing! I wasn't expecting the ending. Loved it. Thank you.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Nadine :)

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Wow, very moving indeed. Well done.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much for reading Eddy, Annart.. and BeBop1005

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      Jennifer Klein 3 years ago from Oneonta, NY

      Wow. This hub gave me chills.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      I thought this was going to be a stillborn or miscarriage; your ending took me aback with its extra poignancy and sadness. The foundations of life are worth more than this. Excellent! Ann

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Wow Frank this great hub certainly hit the spot. Voting up ; you are indeed a wonderful writer and here's to so many more to come.

      Enjoy your day .

      Eddy.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you DDE

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The Foundations of Life is a beautiful poem with a a bit of a sad effect with great emotions

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you W1totalk

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      W1totalk 3 years ago

      Very strong work and extremely effective.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Faith ..:) and thank you Christine for commenting.. you should come back to Hub.. some of your comments are hub quality.. they pack a punch..:) bless you

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Blossoms

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      Christine Marie 3 years ago

      Frank,

      "..the child was in a perfect sleep..."

      "...mother a teenager girl,...

      "the father paid for the abortion..."

      In my opinion you have established a triune territory in regards to life. There is a battle too: choices and options one feels compelled to do vs an unthwarted will at work.

      I have read this three more times, slowly; and I have another thought to share; perhaps radical, perhaps not so radical (hadn't thought that far yet) but I'll share:

      "...no soul to sell..."

      This poem is dramatic and convinces me of immaculate conception(s), a quickening together of one unto life- in a very pure way!; spiritual...a knowing before the womb and being set apart if I can say it that way.

      Your poem is an emotive issue, I would like to encourage you to seek to continue to write more in this mode. (genre', whatever, I think you know what I mean.)

      -Christine

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Came back to pin, tweet and share as I said I would do. You really hit this one out of the park, Frank!

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Brief but very much to the point which makes it so awesome.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      well thank you flourish :)

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Audrey for stopping by :)

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you animalman and Faith for those touching comments..bless you guys :)

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      This is a sad place for anyone to be Frank--it is always difficult to make choices like this--

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      animalman 3 years ago from East Providence, RI

      Deeply moving Frank. My oldest grandchild was born when my daughter was 15, I will forever be grateful my daughter chose life as I could not imagine my life without her in it. Reading this pulled up the emotions I felt when finding out she was pregnant. I think I know what I will be writing about in the next day or two! Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      oh Phyllis go one..:) LOL thank you

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Beautiful yet sorrowful. You have a natural gift for poetry, Frank. I hope you keep writing poems.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks Jodah for stopping by :)

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Ryem, dear MsDora, Jackie( always good to see you ) and tobusiness sorry for your loss..:( and Ologinsquito.. bless you guys for visiting my life :)

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      Ryem 3 years ago from Maryland

      This poem took my breath away, it's amazing!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      "But the infant had it’s value, its worth." Eternal value, if you please. In the devil's face.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Frank, this is outstandingly good. You pack a hell of a punch. I like to believe that those little souls floats right back to heaven, the Devil should only watch from the shadows.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      This is very powerful. The devil hates life, he hates love and he hates all that is good. I've known several women, one in particular, grappling with the aftermath of abortion. We hear so much about "choice." We don't hear about the physical and especially the psychological fallout of abortion.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is great Frank, you should do more like this, it has a message so big! You give the devil his due and all those who stand with him!! Up, across and sharing.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      That damn devil at work again. Powerfully disturbing poem Frank. Well done.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      wow just posted it.. thank you Quick Jane..:) bless you

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      Jane Arden 3 years ago

      Woe. That was incredibly moving and sad. Really well written as usual.