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Updated on February 6, 2015

Lies

God cleared his throat,

leaned forward in his chair,

ghosts would float,

death would fear,

chills would grin wickedly,

religion lies,

evil ties,

heaven cries,

God tries,

as humanity fails,

Jesus would cover his eyes,

if it weren’t for the nails.

© 2015 Frank Atanacio

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    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Dana for reading my lies

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      Dana Tate 

      2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Excellent! simple, direct, and to the point. Both chilling and awesome!

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Mssy

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      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Great words with great rhyme. Really good poem! :)

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Jo :)

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 

      3 years ago

      I am a great admirer of yours since your April poetry challenge.

      This is so breathtaking to read. And it does leave one to feel pause.

      And reflect about how can we stop the violence from getting worse yet.

      So many invoke the name of God for their personal reasons.

      I hope that those same ones will do so for all humanity.

      Up, shared and thank you for giving me pause.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey thank you

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Such a powerfully emotive piece Frank!

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you again winged for leaving footprints on my pages bless you

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      William Thomas 

      3 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

      This is a short poem, Frank, but I must confess I'll have to think about this for a while. Of course, that is not a bad thing at all.

      There's at least a couple of ways to take that part about how Jesus would cover his eyes but for the nails.

      Take it easy.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Lee Cloak

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      Lee Cloak 

      3 years ago

      Sublime words and lovely work, very interesting piece, thanks!

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you mam...

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      Evelia Veronica Rivera 

      3 years ago from Bridgeport, CT

      Short and "sweet" sir, always a pleasure

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you pegcole...bless you

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      Peg Cole 

      3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thoughtful and reflective of the state of things, Frank. You sent a powerful message in so few words. Loved the photos, too.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Pstraubi for stopping by my lies :)

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Reading this early in the morning is quite an eye opener for sure.

      Yes, He probably would..and He would remind us He is here for us and to pick our sometimes selfish, sometimes unkind, sometimes unthinking selves up and do better.

      I love the succinct way you have woven the words to create such a power-filled message.

      Voted up++++ and shared g+

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much Uban for reading good to see you

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      3 years ago from Lagos

      A very touching poem. Then again, it is all about the lies.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you tsmog

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      Tim Mitchell 

      3 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Powerful and humbling. Sharing is a delight . . . thank for sharing an open door . . .

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      LOL thanks for telling..I mean reading lies dghbrh

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      deergha 

      3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      No words simply, Hats off my genius friend out there. Awesome ...LIES seriously.

      Shared and votes way up ahead

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      Examiner thank you for reading my lies

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      The Examiner-1 

      3 years ago

      Just as I was getting into it Frank, it was the last line :-( I voted it up and pinned it up.

      Kevin

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Anna..bless you

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      Anna Haven 

      3 years ago from Scotland

      A fair snapshot of our society nowadays. Sadly. Captured perfectly and those last two lines were hard hitting and perfectly placed.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you MsDora and CrisSp for checking out my lies..:)

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      CrisSp 

      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Wonderful, powerful and very thought provoking.

      Voting up and passing it along.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      This is a great sermon for the worship service. Though short, the congregation would not move when it ends; they would spend the usual time to contemplate its message. Powerful!

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you blossoms

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Frank. what a beautiful, powerful and moving poem. Voted it up.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      Faith, always good to see you my friend.. thank you for checking out my lies.. ladyguitar welcome and thank you for the comment.... tobusiness and Flourish it's not complete until you guys leave your comments bless you all :)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Genna East and Eric for readig my lies..:)

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 years ago from USA

      Loved it, particularly two things -- God leaning forward in his chair and the last line. Wow! Frank, this was powerful.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      3 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Wow....each powerful word like a nail driving home. So many atrocities executed in his name. Frank , eloquent and impressive.

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      stella vadakin 

      3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi, I think Jesus would cover his eyes today. Nice poem with real truth told.

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      Faith Reaper 

      3 years ago from southern USA

      Brilliant! I am blown away, dear Frank ... in a good way. This is your best poem ever in my mind. Each line is powerful in and of itself, and the entire poem is superb. It is the sign of a great poet to use less words for greater impact.

      Memorable one here.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pining, G+ and sharing

      "Jesus wept."

      Hugs and much love always

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You surely do cause one to think hard about something of real import.

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      Genna East 

      3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Whoa! This is an epic poem with few words, each so precise and hard-hitting with incontrovertible truth. Voted way up!

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      smilealot good to see you reading my lies, Cam, thanks so much for the visit, Clive nice to have you aboard, Peggy W thanks so much for checking my lies.. welcome fitnezzjim for joining this read

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      billy and Sara... thank you so much for visiting my lies

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You said much in few words. As Bill wrote, the horrors, lies, atrocities never seem to end. Your last lines are particularly poignant.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      Til and Always thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my lies :) Frank

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      FitnezzJim 

      3 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      What a powerful set of words.

      "Jesus would cover his eyes if it weren’t for the nails."

      That right there is the State of the World.

      Well stated.

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      Chris Mills 

      3 years ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

      Wow Frank, every line of this is loaded with unstated meanings. Good job.

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      Clive Williams 

      3 years ago from Jamaica

      hey frank, i wonder if he is really covering his eyes....sigh

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      Smilealot 

      3 years ago

      An awful lot said in a very few words, and that made this all the more powerful..very well done Frank:-))

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      Sara Sarwar Riaz 

      3 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Such a powerful theme of imagination compiled so effectively in a brief assemblage of words… Loved it !

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All I could think of while reading this was the song "Lies" by the Knickerbockers back in 1966....on a darker note, you said a mouthful with very few words. Perfectly stated...hatred, horror, vengeance, inhumanity....and for what? What changes when we kill one another? We've been doing it for thousands of years, and what has changed?

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree with Jodah. I thought of the young pilot ISIS burned alive. OMG what evil is out there? This is great Frank....

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      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      Oh how this hits the nail on the head. The poor state of humanity and God being heartbroken at where his creations have gone.

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks Jodah good morning :)

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Nice poem Frank. I particularly love the lines "Jesus would cover his eyes,

      if it weren’t for the nails." great stuff.

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