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Their Only Witness

Updated on February 6, 2015

Framed in the small window

is the old man from

the south-side of the street,

nothing on his feet,

he was the only witness to the rape,

yet he sits in poor shape,

his zipper down,

the buttons on his soiled work shirt secured,

as he tackled the town,

blinking, night of drinking,

as the policeman watches him rub his eyes,

and slumped against the metal chair,

at times flailing at imaginary flies,

but sits with no fear,

in fact he showed no care,

wrinkles on his face,

as he scratched himself in a forbidden place,

the policeman just watched from the door,

knowing that he was roused from stupor and squalor,

less than an hour before,

the old man was now fully awake,

and waiting patiently in the empty room,

he was freezing,

his breath wheezing,

in regular intervals,

he was their only witness in the case,

and a guilty verdict is what they’ll chase.



© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you made :)

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      Hi Frank, this poem is awesome! You really write in a way that captures the reader until the very last line.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks PDX

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      nice work, frank. nice story and clever rhyme schemes!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Phdast7 for your comment bless you :)

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Terrific story-telling as always. Your words draw us in to simple static scenes full of intensity and motion.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks sava so sweet :)

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      I love your style of poetry. The stories you create are so interesting to read. Great poem. Voted up.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Ruch.. Diana and thelyricwriter for visiting my page :)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting. And the mystery continues! Great poem.

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      Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Very good. I'm looking forward to the next one.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Frank...you are a MASTER in mystery and fiction :)

      way to go man!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Amazing as always my talented friend.

      Thanks for sharing yet another gem;great work.

      Take care and have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I agree with poetvix- a tv series...or a book with all of this awesome poetry linked together to tell the whole story...Awesome as always!

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Frank, you have yet again captured the heart of the street, the pulse of crime, the less than perfect yet only witness. You really should get a TV series!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks again Audrey :) Frank

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      This is a fabulous piece Frank---just gotta say--

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you sky :)

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      Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      See how a boy can grow to be a man and follow . Sometimes nothing but his own shadow, felt the need to go against the grain in blazing midday sun, or torrential rains.

      His life is simple and plain , now a grown man , no shame . As he solves every puzzle in his detective Games.

      Great work only you can out do yourself.

      Brethren Frank is his name.

      Bless.