At a Nyack Pastier

coffee shop stories

Haibun

Didiere and Dumas, Nyack, New York : The black frosting of the dark chocolate mousse pastry catches the light through the display case.

“Do you want the mousse or the raspberry tart?”

I look at her alternative. Dark chocolate, as well, but the raspberries decide it for me.

worn berries
embedded in frosting
sudden wind

I’m about to eat my first bite of mousse when she shows me her cappuccino.

“It’s not supposed to be like this! I’ve had plenty. Look, the coffee is too low. It’s all frosting.”

I still hear her as I take her cup to the barista. College-age at most, the young woman wipes a stray bang of brown hair out of her eyes as she explains what a cappuccino is, and she offers me a latte.

“I’ve had others that had more…” I hear behind me.

steaming milk
an explosion of cocoa
from the first bite

more by FRANK J. TASSONE

photograph by Jasmin Quaynor

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Frank J. Tassone

I fell in love with writing ever since I wrote my first short story at the age of 12 and my first poem in high school. My free-verse has appeared in the literary e-zine Pif. My haibun has been published in Cattails, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun Online (CHO) and Contemporary Haibun, CHO's annual print anthology. I am honored to be a part of the Image Curve community as a contributing poet.

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