Robert’s 40th Birthday

Haibun

Another red light.

We hit nearly every one since leaving the house — late. Mom grimaces. I grind my teeth shut. Mira and Frankie sit quietly at ease.

My brother’s 40th birthday pizza party begins without us.

rain clouds
unanswered prayers for
a smooth passage

The residents of the Kathleen Lukens Living Center eat so quietly. Even Robert! I take another slice of pizza.

The conversations erupt after they finish. Then the staff brings out the cake. Robert tears up as we all sing, “Happy Birthday.”

sunlight
his smiles, even
turning 40

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photograph by Stephanie McCabe

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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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