Another Emergency Room Check-In


Mom does not leave the house without looking immaculate. Makeup on, hair brushed and hair sprayed in place, dressed in the most appropriate outfit for the situation. Except today.

She lies on a hospital gurney in Nyack Hospital’s ER. Haggard hair, no makeup. A hospital gown already replaced her sweatsuit.

Her eyes — too dry for tears. Her mouth quivers. Her bruised left arm is a roll of crumpled tissue paper from two weeks of IVs at Helen Hayes Hospital. But now, she’s back in Nyack.

Yes, back. With Double Pneumonia.

pouring rain
darkness and fog together
swallow the river


photograph by Eutah Mizushima

The Writers Manifesto


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 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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