By the Waterfall

haibun sun and trees


We take our first hike of this season on the Pine Meadow trail. Soon, we diverge onto the yellow-marked trail at the first junction. The clouds of early morning break apart. The sun pierces every gap in the Maple and Douglas Fir canopy.

We reach the waterfall, just past the rock scramble along the white trail. It drops thirty feet, fed by a rain-drenched Stoney Brook that wraps around boulders and rocks as it courses on. Over the roar of the falls, as sun glints off the rushing water, Frankie chats about Finn and other characters from the cartoon Adventure Time.

a taste of grape
all recent burdens
washed away

photo by Anton Darius | Sollers on Unsplash


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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