At a Nyack Pastier

coffee shop stories


Didiere and Dumas, Nyack, New York : The black frosting of the dark chocolate mousse pastry catches the light through the display case.

“Do you want the mousse or the raspberry tart?”

I look at her alternative. Dark chocolate, as well, but the raspberries decide it for me.

worn berries
embedded in frosting
sudden wind

I’m about to eat my first bite of mousse when she shows me her cappuccino.

“It’s not supposed to be like this! I’ve had plenty. Look, the coffee is too low. It’s all frosting.”

I still hear her as I take her cup to the barista. College-age at most, the young woman wipes a stray bang of brown hair out of her eyes as she explains what a cappuccino is, and she offers me a latte.

“I’ve had others that had more…” I hear behind me.

steaming milk
an explosion of cocoa
from the first bite


photograph by Jasmin Quaynor

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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