’14 Summer Swansong (part 5)

glass of red wine with a plate of steak

August 31st

Louis’ steaks cook perfectly. I see the pink interior of the half of one that I fork onto my plate. The juices fill my mouth as I close lips around that first tender bite. Feijoada, rice and beans, fresh salad, chicken legs and pork ribs round out the meal. Louis pours me a full cup of his homemade wine. He repeats the feat at least twice more. Then pours brandy after our after-dinner expresso.

steak fat on a plate
rushed inside

The theme from “Cats” plays. We watch the movie of the Broadway classic, enraptured by the dazzling dances and captivating costumes. Even after Mira wails at Frankie for spilling caramel milk on her seat.

“Memories” the melodies that last

Photo by Lefteris kallergis


Frank J. Tassone

Frank J. Tassone lives in New York City's "back yard" with his wife and son. He fell in love with writing after he wrote his first short story at age 12 and his first poem in high school. He began writing haiku and haibun seriously in the 2000s. His haikai poetry has appeared in Failed Haiku, Cattails, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun Online, Contemporary Haibun, The Haiku Foundation and Haiku Society of America member anthologies. He is a contributing poet for the online literary journal Image Curve, and a performance poet with Rockland Poets. When he's not writing, Frank works as a special education high school teacher in the Bronx. When he's not working or writing, he enjoys time with his family, meditation, hiking, practicing tai chi and geeking out to Star Wars, Marvel Cinema and any other Sci-Fi/Fantasy film and TV worth seeing.

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