By the Waterfall

forest clearing with the sun coming through the 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

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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