Another Aftermath


Bird songs, as I awake ahead of the alarm
Headache: fruit of the prior day’s tension—
or that extra glass of Burgundy

Or another gift from that beloved team teacher

I work through the form
Now, the taste of pancakes, saturated in log cabin syrup
Echoes of yesterday’s concerns fade

But not entirely

after the rain—
everything under the clouds
“so f-ing green!”


photograph by Siebe Warmoeskerken

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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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