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The Sinking Cemeteries

Updated on May 22, 2015

The spirits walked

through the sinking cemeteries,

where death reaps,

and the dead lay in heaps,

the sounds of the shovels were silent,

and no one speaks,

it was quiet all through the day and night,

and terror was the only sight,

forgiveness cries,

as the spirits watched on

with inscrutable liquid eyes,

and life failed without a fight,

offering only a dim light,

ghosts appeared,

face brave,

as the caskets would cave,

the dead lingered

and death would crave,

it was pity that kept staying,

and the ghosts started praying

over all the exposed bodies,

most of them decaying,

the bodies would stream,

caskets were broken,

but there wasn’t a single scream,

or a single word spoken.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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      April 5 years ago from Columbus,Ga

      That was darkly.

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      Pretty sad but interesting.

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      Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      It's the way you let them fly-with inscrutable liquid eyes? lol

      I am looking at the future , and there you are doing your thing . The dead bodies and everything.

      Good stuff coming from the master , gripping hearts himself.

      I ain't fraid of no ghost.

      Bless.

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      Senoritaa 5 years ago

      Liquid eyes indeed. Haunted!!!!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Your dark imagery is very powerful.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      well this was scary in a way.. but so good.. you must write like this all the time... love your imagination...I voted up and awesome..

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks so much guys all of you for sharing this poem with me :) Frank

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...hey Frank you're so dark and I love it - lol - just wrote a ghost story myself - and yes I love this title immensely and will post it to my Facebook page with a direct link back here - lake erie time ontario canada 12:21am love your writing buddy - it's brilliant narrative poetry and always inspire the epi-man

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much for your comment.. Epi.. will check out your ghost story :)

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      The spirits walked

      through the sinking cemeteries,

      where death reaps,

      and the dead lay in heaps,

      What a powerful way to start --and then this piece just keeps on holding the reader--so well done!!!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey thank you soo much :) Frank

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      leann2800 5 years ago

      I like the way you are both descriiptive and use the power of your readers imagination to your advantage. I never know exactly what you are talking about yet powerful images always come to mind. This poem reminds me of when a flood in my area caused the caskets to float up out of their graves.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you leann2800 for reading my sinking cemeteries

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This one would be great to read aloud in a haunted house at Halloween. Your imagery is powerful and brings chills. Creepily entertaining.

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      You cease to amaze me Frank. Your hubs are very captivating. Great Job!

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      savvydating 2 years ago

      I never tire of reading your poetry. You are just so good at what you do.

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      Kept private 2 years ago from Northeast United States

      Voted awesome and interesting :). You sure know how to captivate death in such an alluring way :). Truly brilliant and just in time for that Halloween craving.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much pegcole, Lisa, savvydating and carrie for reading my poem

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