First Experience

romance haibun



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


Image Curve’s 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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