First Experience

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The family room lights are off. Daylight streams through windows flanking the chimney. She and I sit on a plaid-upholstered couch in an awkward silence. We broke up last week over an intimacy I asked for, and that she gave.

Yet here we are.

Did we kiss? Speak a word of reconciliation? Suddenly we’re dating again. And making out on that couch.


I whisper a proposition in her ear. We walk into my bedroom. Kiss some more. Her blouse, my shirt: the rest of our clothes drop to the floor. We fall on my bed together.

Bryan Adam’s “Summer of 69” plays somewhere as we surrender our virginities without another word.

summer day
running my fingers along
her abdomen



photograph by Nathan Walker


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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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