You Have The Absolute Right To Remain Silent

Frank F. Atanacio By Frank F. Atanacio, 7th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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You are arrested for violating the peace and dignity of the state

The Right To Remain Silent

You have almost lost your total concentration,
you are a citizen of a free nation,
having lived your adult life
in a land of guaranteed civil liberties,
and during this time,
you commit a violent crime,
where upon you are jacked up,
hauled down to a police station,
and deposited in a claustrophobic anteroom,
dark and gloom,
with three chairs,
a table, no windows, and steel stairs,
there you sit for a half hour or so,
until a police detective is good enough to show,
dim lights very low,
he would close the door,
alone with a man you never met before,
a man who can in no way
be mistaken for a friend,
your emotions would sway,
a thin stack of lined notepaper,
and a ball point pen,
and then,
time flows like sand,
he offers you a cigarette, not your brand,
and begins an uninterrupted monologue
that wanders back and forth for a half hour more,
your feet flush to the floor,
he would stand in front of you face to face,
eventually coming to rest in a familiar place,
you have the absolute right to remain silent.


Crime Drama, Fiction, Law Enforcement, Mystery

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author avatar Frank F. Atanacio
I consider myself to be a new and upcoming writer I enjoy writing haunting images My latest Ebook is available now at

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