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Twenty-Six

Updated on December 18, 2012

There is no easy fix,

even with prayers,

for the twenty-six,

time moved so fast,

as the shapes of twenty-six

spirits go past,

God knew his task,

hiding behind a pallid mask,

everything standing still,

his face to stone, he'd will,

hiding the grief,

the wrenching disbelief,

cries would fill the air,

children's voices reverberated in his ear,

the devastation,

the confusion,

the frustration,

God finally covered his eyes,

as souls blanketed the open skies,

and what God hated most,

is when children become ghosts




© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Frank I feel this was a picture of the horrible sadness and grief felt lately and on that terrible day. I do believe there is much pain for God as well when one child is lost. So much we cannot understand. I can feel your heart.

      Sunnie

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you sunnie and bless you

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Frank my dear.. you painted every word so vivid and so real and so sad.. I am crying..

      God bless you

      I am sharing

      Debbie

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      God bless you Our Ms Brooks :)

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      God is grieving too....your words say it all..thank you Frank:-))

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Valleypoet

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Pain...theirs, ours and yes, I believe God's...beautifully written Frank.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Frank, your words paint the painful picture that we all feel in our hearts and God's too. God bless you dear one for this beautifully sad poem. Excellent poetry. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So touching about such a devastating truth.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you Til, Faith and Jackie for sharing my prayers bless you all :) Frank

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Very stirring words. Well done. Thank you. God weeps for the 20,000 children (per UNICEF) who die needlessly every year.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Mhatter :)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So moving and so greatly expressed by you Frank. Sadness and cruelty is so tragic and not understandable at all. Here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here my dear friend.

      Eddy.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks eddy :)

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      Caroline Marie 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

      Beautiful writing Frank of that horrible tragedy. Prayers for everyone involved. Thank you for sharing this. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      bless you caroline

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Tender, mournful and sobering.

      Frank, you have a beautiful heart that you pour into every word.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      This is incredible a hauntingly great tribute. Passing this on.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Marcoujor and gypsy for visiting the twenty-Six

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      The saddest of all ghosts at times - your imagery is haunting as Love bows his head and weeps.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Alastar...:)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Such a sad day for those families in Connecticut and the rest of us for that matter. Most of us share in that grief of such a horrendous and needless crime. Your poetry tells the story well. God has his children back home.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for stopping by Peggy :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Frank, beautifully done, yes, God must despair of the pointless loss of innocent lives.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks tobusniess

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      Very moving and so very sad. Such heartfelt words, brilliantly written as always.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you acae

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      Barbara 4 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Frank, how interesting to have 26 interpretations of the Bible as an offering following your sad poem.

      What I find even sadder, however, is how we Americans have again forgotten about these children- how long has it been? Less than a month and their stories are relegated to the back pages, if found at all.

      This was the experience of Columbine and of Virginia Tech and of every tragic shooting I have ever known.

      If this lame Congress can get any legislation passed regarding gun control and saving future children, I will know a heartbroken God reached down and took over the minds of Congressmen and women, forcing something to finally be done about our homegrown terrorists.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much Storytellerus and I agree with you 100% :)

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      Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

      Dear God! You are incredible. Your work is always stunning and remarkable. How is it possible that you don't have a book published? I need one of your books on my shelf.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      oh God bless you Phoebe :)

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      Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

      Seriously, when will you create a collection of your work in book form? I would like to be the first to purchase it.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      LOL no time soon but thank you so much Phoebe :)

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