A Moment of Vocational Repentance

Mira calls us to dinner. I rise from the chaise, still wrestling with the enjoyment of a summer day—reading, writing, being with family—while acknowledging the coming of another September.

And the stressful year it will bring.

But as I recall the past harsh year, I face the hidden aversion that overshadows my career. I accept it. Rising from the heart of my intuition, like a whisper, is a single inspiration: Your students need your voice.

I believe, and sit down to dinner, the plaguing ambivalence resolved. For now.

sudden sunlight
A juicy first bite
of sautéed shrimp

Photo by Tim Wright


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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