A Missed Invitation

Mira and two of her nieces are outside. I stepped into Mom’s bedroom. She sat at her desk. The TV beside her played a Law and Order rerun. Her hair rested unbrushed and straight. She wore her house outfit: black slacks, with a causal navy-blue button-down blouse.

“How would you like to have a picture with the graduate?” I asked.

She gave me that “are you kidding me?” look.

“Not like this,” she answered, then continued, “I asked about graduation. But I never got an answer.”

She shrugged, tilting her head to one side.

I return to Mira and her nieces empty-handed. They stand silent for a moment.

Only a moment.

another tight smile
for the camera


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. My haiku has been published by the Haiku Foundation. My senryu has been published in Failed Haiku. I regularly perform haibun and other haikai with Rockland Poets. I am honored to be a part of the Image Curve community as a contributing poet. Visit my website www.frankjtassone.wordpress.com to see more of my poetry. Follow me on twitter @fjtassone2 and like my Facebook page American Haijin for updates on my latest work.

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