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The Official Report

Updated on August 30, 2018

Who does the thinking?

Young boys from the block,

coming off a night of binge drinking,

then the shock,

they found themselves in a gunfight,

a turf war,

out to settle a score,

their ignorance could fill an ocean,

shots exploded in slow motion,

the first one catching the fifteen year old

just above the right shoulder blade,

first the popping sound,

and no other noises were made,

but the force knocked him to the ground,

there were several more shots,

they came in rapid fire,

these boys, in the eyes of their mothers,

were still just tots,

a twelve year old and his younger brother,

shot twice in the head,

they were on the wet grass, dead,

their ghosts huddled together in fear,

and when the smoke cleared,

gunpowder and spilled blood

just filled the air,

the young corroded,

their futures eroded,

and the official report stated,

that it was merely gang violence which exploded.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio


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    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      8 years ago from Shelton

      thank you sradie :) bless you

    • sradie profile image


      8 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      Your poem puts the guts in what we often see or hear as a media headline that never connects the heart with the insane violence of gang warfare. I wrote a song about a similar incident when a youth drug deal went bad. The news never touched the sensitivities about life lost. Just the facts mam as Sergeant Joe Friday used to say. But there was great pain and anguish deeply hidden between the lines. Well done.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      9 years ago from Shelton

      welcome and thank you winbo, and sunnie day you always brighten up even a dark page bless you both :)

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      Sunnie Day 

      9 years ago

      Great descriptions of sad realities... May they have eyes to see before it is too late.

      Thank you Frank!

    • winbo profile image


      9 years ago

      I'm sharing ur poem.. Awesome written

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      9 years ago from Shelton

      and many of the so-called soldiers are young thanks again for visiting justateacher :) Frank

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      LaDena Campbell 

      9 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      This is a war that is going on in my own neighborhood these last few's sad and scary and useless all at the same time...

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      9 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much sueswan for your comment and visit :)

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      9 years ago

      Hi Frank

      "their ghosts huddled together in fear"

      Great imagery.

      A sad reality but beautifully done.

      Have a good day. :)

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      9 years ago from Shelton

      poetvix thanks you honestly :) Frank

    • poetvix profile image


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

      This is so sad, mostly for it goes on all the time, children killing children over something they don't own anyway to show something that really means nothing. You broke my heart with this one.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      9 years ago from Shelton

      reik thank you and welcome again :) and writer20 you still rock!!!

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      9 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Frank my friend, I wonder where you get your poems from there imaginary is always amazing my friend. Voted up and fantastic, Joyce.

    • reikieffect profile image


      9 years ago

      Frank, up and beautful. Very vivid imagery on few words.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      9 years ago from Shelton

      Eddy thank you so much for your comment.. VG more power to you.. Our Ms Brooks I just Love you period...

      Ruch you made me laugh lol thank you.. and the lyricwriter thanks for visiting my page I respect that :)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      9 years ago from West Virginia

      Frank, voted up and awesome my friend! This was powerful poetry at its best. Once again, it is the detail that gets me. Just like I am watching it on tv instead of reading it. Great job. Hope all is well and hope you have a great day:)

    • Ruchira profile image


      9 years ago from United States

      Frank, such vivid descriptions that I felt all this happening in front of me...phew!

      I am glad I ducked behind the computer screen to watch it

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      9 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      awesome Frank.. everyone needs to read this.. I am sharing this frank.

      voted up


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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      9 years ago from Nepal

      More power to you and your poems.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      9 years ago from Wales

      Powerful Frank;so well told and has my up up and away. It never stops to surprise me just how much talent there is here on HubPages and also so much truth and compassion;your work is amongst the best Frank.

      Take Care And enjoy your day.


    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      9 years ago from Shelton

      thank you sky and you keep stepping too :) bless

    • Sky9106 profile image


      9 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      An assistant in this endeavor is quite fine with me . When guns are outlawed only outlaws will be carrying guns.

      Great work brethren Frank , a very nice way of keeping something this scary in the public's eye . Like I said a journey of a thousand miles , starts with one step.

      That's yours brethren.

      Keep strong inside.



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