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then his tears came

Updated on August 12, 2013


Humanity would once again fail,

leaving behind a somber trail,

a silence was broken by an anguished wail,

the detective walked over

to a set of dining room shelves,

and picked up a framed picture

of two young girls,

with the cutest short curls,

wearing pink bows and lace,

each with an angelic face,

carefully posed before a blue backdrop,

missing without a trace,

as their reality would just pop,

toothy, a say cheese type of smile,

soon to be a cold case file,

and what filled the air, was fear,

as their father slumped

into a dining room chair,

his cries were barely audible,

but they hurt just the same,

the detective replaced the picture frame,

bowed his head in some type of shame,

then his tears came.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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      Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      There can only be a smile if the moment call for it , but this is serious stuff , the two cuties missing without a trace, father holding back the tears in this dangerous world . Thinking the worst !

      when I go missing you can write all my missing persons flyer s , they will find me quick.

      Frank doing what frank does the best , makes us remember the pain.

      Give thanks.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      yep Ill write your missing flyers you'll be the man missing from the Sky..:) thanks sky for your comments :)

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      Cara.R 5 years ago from New York

      That was very beautiful Frank, Like watching a movie and seeing the torment of the detective that regrets not being able to find the little girls.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      You do know how to tell a tale and round it off so that you leave the reader right with the person in pain--lovely, lovely job!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you so much Cara.. Audrey your comments are so real thank you for that :)

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

      As said above, you know how to tell a story! You captured the sadness the father must have felt, and the anguish of the detective....awesome - as always! By the way...I nominated you for a Hubnugget....

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Justateacher that's a compliment coming from you whats a hubnugget?

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

      It is an award for top 100 new hubbers for this year...I hope you win!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much for your confidence I didn't even know what that was..:)

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      oh, what a sad story...it would have broken their father's heart...

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      Sad and eloquent. This certainly brought tears to my eyes.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Frank you have written painfully well about something that many parents experience. Police officers have a very hard job and deal with issues most of us, thankfully, know nothing about.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have read many crime books and you have said it well.

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      Poetic Fool 5 years ago

      Frank, a timely topic as this seems to be happening all too frequently. Your piece reminds me of a case that occurred recently. A little girl disappeared without a trace. I could picture events unfolding in their home just a your poem portrays. Wonderful job!

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      Senoritaa 5 years ago

      The detective is at work again. This time its the two kids. I hope he finds them, and brings the picture in the frame back to life!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks for reading Raciniwa, Express 10, Jackie, poetic fool :) thank for visiting my page

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      H as always your comments are so appreciated amd Senoritta thanks for always visiting my page you guys ROCK!

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      Lissette 5 years ago from Central Florida

      It's hard to read about the only fear that I have left. As I sit hear to appreciate your talent, the part of my mind that the fear hides in completely shuts down and blocks out the thoughts of 'what if'.

      To bring things that close to home is where your talent lies.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Moms secret for the visit and the comment..bless you

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh Frank.. I really love this one.. I could feel the fathers pain.. his tears. Really beautiful Frank.

      I voted up and beautiful

      Happy New year

      Debbie

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks for reading Our Ms Brooks :)

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Frank, this one brought tears to my eyes.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      You are really very good at what you do. With a very few lines you fleshed out the story and made us care.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Sue thank you so much for stopping by again always nice to have you aboard.. and thank you PHD for your kind cimpliment..:) Frank

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Beautifully told. Frank you are so good at narrative poetry that I can see words form images and run like a trailer before my eyes.

      Best wishes to you in this year that is still fresh and new.. may happiness and peace be yours always. God Bless!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks so much Sofs

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Ohhhh....this one just made a sharp pang go right through my heart!!!

      I could not even imagine such. I have never read this one and missed it somehow.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Tears,

      Faith Reaper

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Faith thank you for leaving foot prints on my pages bless you sweetie :)

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Came back for another read Frank--still touches me!!

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      beautiful. the wording is just perfect here. you have a way of writing very powerful things in very few words. that is a great talent many want, but can never attain.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Audrey for the re-visit, and thank you too Kathleen :)

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      Tijani Achamlal 2 years ago from Morocco

      Sad story..You tell it in a good way.Thanks for sharing!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you James Wolve

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