Finish It!

silhouette of a boy reading a book at sunset


I’m in fourth grade, and I don’t care that Literature is over. It’s a large picture storybook. Medieval, with dragons and castles and knights. I’m almost done, and I’m going to finish it.

I lean the book on my lap while I open the clam-top desk and take out my math workbook. Sister Kathleen bleats on and on about blah-blah-blah. I look up enough, so I look like I’m paying attention.

But my eyes are on that story until the end.

Did she notice? Maybe she took pity on me? I’ll never know.

I only know that I finished it!

handprints on the window adding problems way too late


photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

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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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