Euphoric Acedia

family stories


Afternoon winds blew apart gray cumulus clouds that canvased the sky. Patches of radiant blue appear.

Frankie wraps his arms around my neck, covers my mouth, and says, “complainer.” Mira, rising with a sigh, brings the mail downstairs.

Sunlight intermittently fills our bedroom.

I procrastinate, ignoring pinpricks of conscience and the weight on my mind. I stare instead at the gulf between who I am and who I want to be.

drawing stars
laughter from our mutual


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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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