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Unspoken Grief

Updated on February 15, 2015


It was a hot August night,

nothing seemed right,

his face was tight,

and his eyes,

hard with restrained emotion,

in that instant of dark silence

he felt an odd motion,

then the fears,

as the smell of death

lingered on the stairs,

the chill would start at the bone,

as he willed his face

to turn to salt or stone,

paramedics were carrying

a stretcher up to his floor,

he just watched,

as he stood by the door,

in wrenching disbelief,

unspoken grief,

the frustration,

turned into devastation,

his wife clutching at the door,

to keep from falling to the floor,

white knuckles, her knees buckles,

he spoke, but nothing was heard,

they ignored him as if he had not

said a word,

then his wife would scream and shout,

and that’s when he realized,

that it was his body,

that they were carrying out.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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      Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton

      well Gypsy I hope that's the way I go LOL thanks :) Frank

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks for visiting Faith and Cathleena good to see you again bless ya both :)

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      Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      This was very captivating and I had no clue of the end. Great poem!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Intense and wonderful write! Very clever ending. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks for stopping by Raj thank you

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      What a build up to a great climax, Frank. Voted up, awesome.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks Integrity!

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      I voted up for sure.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you MCK :)

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

      byline Frank Atanacio 'Crime is My Rhyme' (feel free to use that)

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you for the visit Our Ms Brooks

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for the rewards Jackie LOL and Im sure you'll put out one gang buster of a topic.. try it!!!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh wow this is really good, I have wanted to write one on this subject but it would take a lot I think, setting the mood and all that, lol. Well you did a great job! Rewards for Frank! And sharing.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you soo much the lyricwriter for your comment and thanks for stopping by Rita bless you guys :)

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      Ritambhara Om 5 years ago

      sad but impressive...n heart touching

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Frank, this was genius! Love the perspective, makes you wonder for sure. Always a joy Frank, take care.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Good one Frank. You know actually they do say that at times you have no idea that you died.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks JustaskSusan and Blossom for sharing my Grief bless you both..:) Frank

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Frank, such an awesome poem. You really write so well.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think I'll start calling you Detective Frank :) Another awesome one!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much for reading Ruch and Duffsmom Cyndi thank you for stopping by and good to see you Leann2800 bless you all for reading :)

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      leann2800 5 years ago

      The ending was unexpected. I thought it would be a wife or parent at first and then a child maybe. Awesome

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, this is outstanding! You hit the mark every time you write a poem.

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Another winner Frank. Where do you get the energy to write such a jarring account? Well done my friend.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      gosh...you sure must be a detective working on or around crimes. You describe the scene so vividly that it sends shivers down my spine.

      many votes and sharing it across!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much fpher :)

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Frank....WOW.....This is stunning. What an image and scenario you create. Awesome! UP++

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Josh you're too cool...:) bless you bro

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Frank,

      No I am being completely honest, no need to be modest here bud!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much ValleyPoet for your valuable comment and as always good to see the greatest entertainer here Ttombs LOL and welcome Karen glad you stopped by :) Frank

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Wow, gut wrenching and I really liked the surprise ending. Voted up and awesome.

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

      Frank, I do believe this is your best one yet. I really liked the twist at the end! Fantastic job. :)

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      Valleypoet 5 years ago

      Didn't see this one coming despite the 'odd motion' clue earlier in the poem. Another great read..thanks Frank

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Joyce.. you're amazing and thank you :) Frank

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Wow! Frank this really is an amazing poem . Great work.

      Vote up and AWESOME, Joyce.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Mismazda :)

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Patty, thank you for sharing my State and state of mind LOL Audrey always good to see you on mypage.. and josh you're just being kind but thank you :) bless you guys

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      mismazda 5 years ago from a southern georgia peach

      oh wow....great work again Frank..thumbs up..:)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      WOW Frank! WOW! I was definitely not expecting the ending! I am definitely sharing! I love your poetry! :)

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Always a fascinating write Frank! Chillingly effective!

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Voted Up, AWESOME and shared!!!! Wow, the ending definitely caught me off guard!!! Another, wonderfully Awesome Job!!!