On My Niece’s Birthday, 2013


An overcast sky. The smallest bands of differentiated clouds make up the mass that floats in a surprisingly cool breeze. Rain may fall any moment.

A far cry from my niece’s birthday party last year, where scorching heat made perspirative messes of us all in short order.

Today, we need sweaters. And rain coats.

Creening birds
Allen apple leaves
on the lawn

photograph by Greg Rakozy

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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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