Bronx Zoo Visit, 7/16/14

moving dinosaurs
the animatronics that
bring battles to life
his smile when T-Rex
downs triceratops

The tiger lies on his side, eyes closed. Another one—the next enclosure over—at least lifts his head. As indifferently as the gorillas at the Congo Rain Forest: eating, gazing empty-eyed toward us, scratching buttocks before climbing trees.

safari riddle
far too many deer
for Wild Asia
She’s not shy complaining
as we pass two elephants

The gibbons, panthers, sea lions and snow leopards show the most energy. More than we have at the end of the day.

cool afternoon
pass a dozing polar bear
on the way out

Photo by James Hammond


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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