The Quiet in the Courtroom Was Loud

Updated on May 9, 2018



The Justice system shouldn't give chase,

it was an open and closed case,

but the air in that courtroom was antagonizing,

and the wait for the verdict was agonizing,

the quiet in the courtroom was loud,

it carried out into the hallway

like a smoke cloud,

and it had nothing to say,

no news, a quiet riot,

the only shouting came from the jury room upstairs,

as the family stares,

12 jurors, emotion flares,

some really care,

fair was fair,

and all the news media was there,

waiting to spread their share,

the waiting burns,

and the attorney could offer a plea

before the jury returns,

but what kind of plea?

The murderer was over eighty years old,

truth be told,

and without shedding a tear,

he'd be dead within a year,

So either way, there would be no punishment,

Guilty, he goes to prison,

clothes on his back, shoes on his feet,

Not Guilty, he goes back out on the street,

the situation could make anyone cry,

so why the court case,

why would anyone testify,

the murderer knew his place,

needles and pins,

if he loses he wins,

and if he wins, he wins...


© 2018 Frank Atanacio

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    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      3 months ago from Shelton

      it's good to see you and I am so sorry for your loss... chin up I'm sure she'd want you to share your talents.. miss ya...:(

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      Joanna Chandler 

      3 months ago from On planet Earth

      Hiiii Frank, it has been a few years since i last read any of your stuff. This was Good!!! I hope all is well with you and your family....I literally lost my passion for writing after my granny passed away...That really hit me a hard blow.

      I will always love reading, and writing...i am really trying to swing back to my old love "poetry". An awesome day to you!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 months ago from Shelton

      thanks Chris for stopping by I'll see you on your page.. :) have a good week my friend

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      Chris Mills 

      4 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      Ahh, the secret to the perfect crime. Wait until you are 80 years old. If you lose, you win. If you win, you win. Seriously, this shows how much pressure there is on some juries. I've never had the pleasure...yet.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 months ago from Shelton

      Shyron, very good to see you..:)

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 months ago from Texas

      Frank, fantastic description I felt like I was sitting in quiet loud

      shouting at silent crowd.

      I love this.

      Blessings my friend.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      Of course I agree :) and thanks for stopping by Peggy Woods...:)

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Interesting tale told by you in poetic form. That must have been quite a fracas in that jury room!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      thank you Eric

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I surely do hope you take it in stride. I just came back for a read. Some stuff is worth taking another look at. Thanks.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Missy.. bless you girl

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      Missy Smith 

      5 months ago from Florida

      Yes, if he loses he wins, and if he wins he wins. It seems like a pointless argument for all; lawyers, jurors, victims, and families of the victims. Does the media even get a headline story out of it? Maybe?

      This was a great poem, Frank. You penned it like poetry, but it was still like reading one of your flash fictions in a way. The content suited your genre. Bravo!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Phyllis it is good to see you again. bless you

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      5 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Great poem, Frank. Nicely penned with good phrasing. I enjoyed reading it. Take care. ((hugs))

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      Robert Sacchi 

      5 months ago

      You're welcome.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Robert

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      Robert Sacchi 

      5 months ago

      Impressive how you describe a court room during jury deliberation. You told the story in a few words. This shows how great poetry can be for word economy.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      Genna Thank you and Happy Mother's day to you and the mom's i your life...:)

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      Genna East 

      5 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Wow, Frank...you've captured the sounds of silence in the courtroom of justice perfectly. Well done! :-)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      hey thanks Sean.. two times under spam... approved one of the comments.. cool? thanks for stopping by..:)

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      5 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      This is talent, my friend Frank! With real talent and a little bit of sarcasm, you have made something that reminds me Monty Pythons, if you know them!

      Excellent work, bravo!

      Sean

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      Thank you Dora and Happy mother's day..:)

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      True, Frank. It's like the win period has expired. No one could it express it better than you did here.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      LOL@ Jodah.. you're the best and thank you Peg Cole for visiting my poem...:)

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      Peg Cole 

      5 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thought provoking prose from you, Frank. Wondering how prison life would be for an eighty-year old. Perhaps better than life on the streets.

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      haha Frank, just call me Judge Jodah.......step aside Judy.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      thanks Bill for stopping by...:)

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Yep, I don't see a bad outcome in this case. :) Great fun and great read.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      I guess you're right.. let me return them....

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      5 months ago

      Hahaha....yes Frank. It's not my fault if you get captured for stealing shoes. :)

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      Now I'm stealing shoes? Li-Jen I thought we were cool :) LOL....

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      5 months ago

      What I like about your poem is that you maintain your style, it paints a vivid picture and it shows real events. Also...you are clever at putting yourself in another's shoes. :)

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      Jodah.. yeah figures you'd bring your smug face around with your judgee attitude.. okay we all can't be you so get off my back! LOL kidding bro thanks for the visit... honestly

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      Thanks manatita for laughing at my poem..:) bless you bro...

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      Yves.. thanks for giving my poetry a look over... so many people are writing it so well... thought I'd try it again..:)

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      Flourish thank you for reading my poetry,,:)

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      thank you for coming clean Li-Jen..:)

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      An excellent courtroom drama portrayed well through your poetic pen, Frank. Yes, when you are at the end of your life and know it, you really have nothing to lose do you? Unless you care how history records what you did.

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      manatita44 

      5 months ago from london

      Ha ha Frank. I like it. I really like it! A poetical piece of Flash. 'Sweet' title. Awesome!

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      Yves 

      5 months ago

      I always feel badly for really old guys who have to spend their last years in prison, until I learn what they did...and even then.. Nevertheless, I am not sorry for Cosby if it comes to that for him. However, your point is well taken. Either way, the end result is the same, although it is harsher to die in prison. Also, I wonder if you had a specific man in mind for this poem.

      FYI: I see some new articles by you, but I haven't seen new notices in my inbox. How odd. Anyway, glad I checked.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      You make me want to know more about what this guy did exactly (to whom and why). You are a fine writer my friend.

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      5 months ago

      Actually I don't know if someone convinced you but if I did or if I did help in any way, I'm glad I did. :) Today and tomorrow are public holidays because the Opposition party has won the election in Malaysia! Your poem suits the historic victory as well.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      thanks Eric for sharing your story..:)

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      1987 a young man stood ready to defend the 65 year old woman accused of murder in the first degree. First order of business was to get that damned death penalty/capital case off the table. Hard fought but successful. Then the DA shot for excluding Mexican and Indian of the Jury. A wheeler motion closed that episode.

      Guilty or not guilty the young man knew he was guilty of so much. A verdict on 2nd degree manslaughter. Only 5 years. But she did it.

      I promise you the silence spoke volumes.

      Thanks for bringing me back decades.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      and I thank you for that.. hey have a good work week Li-Jen..:)

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      5 months ago

      Haha...thanks! You are funny! ...I said ho, ho because you did it! You finally did a poem after somebody convinced you.....

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      LOL, what ever I call you suits you..:) and you have a great sense of humor... Cry-Baby Santa....et al

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      5 months ago

      Hahaha Frank...you really can't decide what to call me....

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      Ann.. bless you but your April Showcase was amazing.. that's why I waited until May...:)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      Too Late Li-Jen!!!!! kidding Cry-Baby....:)

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      Ann Carr 

      5 months ago from SW England

      It wasn't flattery; I really think it's a great poem. You are just as good as other poets here. I've just got a thing for poetry at the moment but it's not my forte. So don't be so modest. Write some more to entertain us!

      Ann

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      5 months ago

      Frank it's GOOD! Your poem is GOOD! :) lol Santa! X)

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      Thank you Ann for saying great poem.. not that it suits me like some other people suggested.. I tried poetry.. but it fades in comparison to real poets.. and folks like you.. that know it all Jodah.. oh yeah and Manatita...et al.. thanks for just looking this one over..:) Frank

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      Li-Jen.. who are you? Santa Clause.. what's this ho, ho, ho..:) I figure I'll give poetry another shot.. ur right it has been I think over four years... just couldn't keep up with folks like you, Jodah, Audrey.. Ann Carr and so many others who just make it look easy.. I know you're being kind in telling me it's good...oh wait, you didn't say it was good.. you said it suits me.. LOL thanks for the visit... Santa Clause

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      thanks Clive for stopping by..:)

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      Ann Carr 

      5 months ago from SW England

      Great poem. Love the rhythm. What a dilemma! There is no justice sometimes, for those who suffer from a loved one being murdered. And silence can be very loud!

      I don't remember reading any poetry from you; you're good at it and, as Li-Jen says, your style is there. Well done! I want to see some more.

      Ann

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      5 months ago

      Hey Frank. Proud of you ho ho...you haven't written a poem in a long time...The poem suits you as I can see that the writing style is yours. Thank you tor sharing. :)

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      Clive Williams 

      5 months ago from Jamaica

      You are guilty as charged frank for this nice piece here.

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