First Gift-Opening Without Dad

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Contemporary Haibun Poem


Frankie’s hands tear away the wrapping. Brown eyes widen; the corners of his mouth rise: joyful shouting begins.

“A pillow pet! Thank you! It’s what I’ve always wanted!”

I snap a photo of him hugging his new gift. Mira pulls out another present from under the tree.

Only Robert and Mom look on.

an empty space
on the fading sofa…
soft sunlight


Photograph by Springfield Gallery


Image Curve’s 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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