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Time Of Call Was 0300

Updated on April 6, 2017

He took a chance,

and knew it was a bad one,

he turned the corner

and saw the ambulance,

the street was a light show,

time of call was 0300,

and that was a half an hour ago,

he pulled up behind the red glow,

then stared for a moment

at the frenzied paramedics in the rear,

worried looks on their faces,

made it clear,

and that just brought on the fear,

his eyes would twitch,

when he realized it was his paid informant,

his snitch,

he didn’t look so hot,

a clear head shot,

the snitch was writhing on his litter,


his legs buckling back and forth,


life would linger, but death grows,

his legs would kick for the last time,

outward at the knees,

inward at the toes,

he needed to find

someone else to drop the dime,

the involuntary movement

told the homicide detective to post

the help wanted sign.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio


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    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you pegcole :)

    • PegCole17 profile image

      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      You threw a little humor into this one at the end, Frank. I like it.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      Our Ms Brooks.. if I were just half as talented as you.. then I'd be good :) LOL you are tops in my book

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Frank... I agree with Dawn where do you come up with this stuff?. this is so good.. THE HELP WANTED SIGN.. LOL

      so good.

      voted up


    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      thank you for stopping by Blossom and Shim-Dawn have a blessed day Frank

    • shimmering Dawn profile image

      shimmering Dawn 

      6 years ago

      Frank how do you dream up such stuff... Does it come off the newspapers?? I am curious! Have a blessed day! Peace!

    • BlossomSB profile image

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Brusque and to the point. You built the scene beautifully without wasting words. Enjoyed it immensely.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much writer20 and of course you to you Poetic Vix :) bless you both

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

      Frank, this one was so edgy, so real, so brutal and yet strangely detached from the detective it seemed. I suppose they have to be that way to do their jobs. You sure can get in to a character's head! Bravo.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Wow! Frank my friend, this is so very good and I enjoyed reading it. Voted up and awesome, Joyce.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      lol.. you're right Sky

    • Sky9106 profile image


      6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      Se where he ended up I am also learning from those that have passed. Never! For the Bible says : What will it profit a man to gain the whole world and suffer the lost of his own soul.

      A servant for the Most High Yes!

      Bless day brethren.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      lol so you want the job as the snitch?

    • Sky9106 profile image


      6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      Ha Ha! Post the help wanted sigh! Wow! Filled with clarity and decent flow, and our true detective

      Frank ANTANACIO knew the exact way to go.

      I enjoy this one more than many , It's real and it's live from start to finish. You have captured this position so well no help wanted signs here , you appoint your successor.It's your world brethren Frank!



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