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The Night Flickered

Updated on February 12, 2015

There was this odd confusion,

and a sprinkling of sadness

greeted the illusion,

it was indeed a perfect fit,

all the spirits seemed stilled

and united by it,

the winds howled,

it was a haunting,

but it had a charm to it,

like a candle’s flame

that was fully lit,

when the spirits touched,

it wasn’t much,

and their voices were

sometimes soft, sometimes loud,

and fear around them descended,

like a gray cloud,

then it was clear,

the light would appear,

and the haunting was no longer there,

there darkness was only an illusion,

that shivered only slightly

in a faint draft,

but it did not last,

the night flickered,

and the spirits vanished just as fast.


© 2012 Frank Atanacio


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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey a pleasure to have you back :)

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      A pleasure to read this piece again Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Jackie and Till for reading my Night...:)

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      What a treat to find an old piece you wrote with your usual insight. All with a sprinkling of sadness that makes us stop, think, and wonder!

      Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very good Frank; you surprisingly to me are a very fine poet; I mean due to what you usually write it surprises me not that it is fine. lol Thumbs up in other words!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Ladyfiddler :)

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      Nice poem Frankie :)

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much H for reading my flicker :) Frank

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Frank, your verse is perfect and gorgeous. So much is right in this poem that I feel its beauty still. I want to write poetry like you and lilyfly.

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you Audrey, and time2rite.. thank you for the wonderful comment.. Susswan thanks for stopping by and Express 10 you are a 10 :)

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      H C Palting 6 years ago from East Coast

      The pictures that you paint in my mind are always something I enjoy. Great job.

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Hi Frank

      "There darkness was only an illusion." Your talent however is real.

      Voted up and away!

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      Kathryne Waller 6 years ago from Knoxville, TN USA

      Voted "Up" and "Awesome", Frank; you've done it again! I love the pic you chose to go with this poem; it makes me imagine a night of sheer terror as a howling tropical storm squall-line passes over a ship at sea. I live on the Gulf Coast, so I can only imagine the way the winds and waves speak while you're onboard a wooden ship. I have to say that the wind almost seems to moan when the storms pass over the land. Great visual imagery you've given with the illusory to "spirits...voices". Great as always, Frank!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Ethereal and lovely write Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      thanks again Sky for breaking it down..LOL Duffsmom you're the best.. good to see you again shim dawn asma thank you for that wonderful comment and Seeker & thank you so much bless you all Frank

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Frank this is awesome. I think, for me, there are so many layers to this beautiful poem. I read it three times, and each time I got a little bit more and a little bit different - but each time a was a delightful experience.

      You are truly a wonderful poet and a unique talent!

      Loved it, bookmarked + voted up beautiful and awesome!!

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      asmaiftikhar 6 years ago from Pakistan

      the concept of illusion is deep,philosophical and thought provoking.Thanks for such a beautiful expression.

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      shimmering Dawn 6 years ago

      Nice illusion here Frank, Ghostly illusions... Have a blessed day! Peace!

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      You have a way Frank - well done, as always. Love reading your poetry.

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      Sky9106 6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      I read it twice , but the truth is you can always look carefully at my comments to see something more. Even the jokes are serious.

      That's the reason one cannot jump to conclusions , before asking you and I don't remember you biting any one before when they asked.

      Because life is not a Destination, but a journey.

      You met me on it , I speak for all, if I may, because we are all on our way in life .

      You mad at anyone on their way you are a fool . Leave them be, because who are you?

      Your own family, are the only ones to live up to your expectations.

      And you have a right to be lost Frank , because Most Of mankind it. But the difference is are you ever going to stay lost and who is your guide?

      Stay in charge of your life!

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      You got it Sky.. and as I reworote this several times I had lost where I was going with it LOL.. and thank you so much Ms Brooks for joining me during the Night Flickers

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      awwww.. frank.. love it.. a sprinkling of sadness

      greeted the illusion,... love this verse. You are so good at this my friend

      voted way up


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      Sky9106 6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      I love when you are on a roll , because the quicker you get them out the more I have to read , and the book completed.

      Allow the spirits to vanish just as fast.

      So everyone on board was afraid its what you are saying , and then the lights would appear.

      You go boui!


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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      thank you

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      grinnin1 6 years ago from st louis,mo

      I love it. Keep it up!


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