Finish It!

kid reading haibun


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

The Writers 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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