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The Solve Rate Rises

Updated on July 23, 2012


It was very difficult to believe,

that the murder was already

a month old,

and there was no temporary reprieve,

the case was heading for cold,

the family would continue to grieve,

and different stories about the

case were told,

and to say the least,

the newspapers called

the department a reactive beast,

although the wisdom on his side

was prevailing,

even though the case was failing,

there were no clues, no witnesses, none,

to solve a case like that

was easier said then done,

and there were no compromises,

cases like this would continue,

unless the solve rate rises,

and that’s practical politics,

without the surprises,

something had to give,

and the worst is not knowing,

as the newspapers and television

continued crowing,

and there was still no results showing,

the wounds were still raw,

and when the reporters asked

the captain some questions,

about what he saw,

he just stared at them

like a cat with a canary locked in its jaw,

but the case would continue to grow,

because the solve rate was so low.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      I hope all is well with you Senoritaa..bless you

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      Senoritaa 4 years ago

      Frank.. I've been off Hubpages for some time.. due to personal reasons.. but what a great feeling to come back a read your poems again. Feel blessed.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Raci

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      raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      i'm glad you're still at it, contemplating the case...keep up the good work...

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much VG and good to see you :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Frank, this is very creative poem.

      Have a wonderful day.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks fellow Connecticutkite...Thanks for stopping by and visiting my solve rate :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Frank,

      This is the first poem of yours that I have read and I loved it! Brilliant and clever! I cam over because of Debbies shoutout in her latest poem, so you can thank her! I also notice in your profile that you were born in Hartford, CT. I was born in Farmington, CT! Have a great rest of your weekend and thanks for sharing this poem Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for the compliment Hyphen.. just glad you enjoy my writing bless you :)

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      You are a master at writing these crime poems. This one has a film noir feel to it, showing the frustration of a man beleaguered by the public, the family and his superiors. Great job Frank.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      lol thanks for the comment you lyricwriter you!!!!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      FRANK THE TANK! FRANK THE TANK! Sorry. Movie addictions. I have always been into your poetry my friend. You are one of the few poets that I can visualize everything you write. To me, it means you are great at what you do pal. You should link them all together Frank. I wonder if anyone has written a book in a series of poems? The only poetry I read is on here. Voted up, awesome, and interesting Frank. Take care.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Im so glad u feel part of the series..thanks Kat :)

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      KatrineDM 5 years ago

      Frank, are you a detective? Reading your poems feels like being in the middle of the crime scene investigation series.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Alastar for hitting the head of the nail dead on LOL bless you man :)

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Folks rarely consider how it must feel to those entrusted to solve and bring to justice killers when the case is cold. The emotions and politics can't be an easy thing to bare when the pressures on and the case grows. You've laid that situation out with grit on here my friend.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      lol thanks for your kind words mckbirdbks

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      It seems to me that you have created your own genre. The style is unique and I see it as being commercial in that there could be a market for it. You could almost work toward writing the first crime mystery novel in prose.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for reading Giri.. bless you

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Very unique hub, but has lots of sense, i like it particularly the lines,

      case would continue to grow, because the solve rate is low, voted up.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      bless you... really

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      It is my pleasure, Frank. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Pollyann and Audrey for reading my solve rate rises.. and thank you too Valleypoet and Joyce aka as the writer20.. and Our Dear Ms Brooks and Gypsy bless you all and thanks so much for reading :) Frank

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Worst thing that can happen when things remain unsolved and criminals continue to roam.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Frank another one for CSI!! You are so good at this my friend. My hat is always off to you

      blessings

      Debbie

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I never thought of it but yes I'm addict to. No else writes your type of poetry.

      I see your name and I can't wait to read what you've written. This poem is very good.

      Voted Up and Awesome, Joyce.

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      Valleypoet 5 years ago

      Really enjoyed this poem and it's style. Thank you :-))

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Nice write Frank! I am in a lull for a few days before the next leg and thought I would check in with you--I love this genre from you!

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      A refreshing style, I like it.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Cyndi10 thank you so much.. oh and TTombs the truth comes out.. so you're an addict... hmm I knew it! Kidding bless you babe for chiming in on my poetry.. Frank

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Frank....I am finding your crime poetry addicting. :) How the heck do you continue to knock these bad boys out? And to be consistently good?! :)

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Frank, I do love your poems! Have a creative day.