Contrasting Positions

man with bag climbing stairs

My steps up the blacktop walkway from the lower parking lot sound louder and louder. The off-white, windowed, one-story hallway ahead grows. My heart beats faster with each step. A knot in my throat, like an invisible hand choking me, tightens. By the time I reach the door, I have breathed so many short breaths that I wonder why I don’t pass out.

no blue skies
over TZHS
another dread day

The front steps from the double-width sidewalk ascend like the stairs of an ancient Greco-Roman temple. The wrought-iron door groans as I pull it from its doorway. I slip past the metal detectors, ascend the spiral staircase to the second floor. Then, I enter the Special Education prep room and lounge. Linda S, already there, laughs so loudly, even first thing in the morning.

over Columbus High School
just another day

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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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