A Cathartic Question?

Haibun Poetry

Haibun Poetry


Her eyes hold a distant look as she lifts her head from her book. A question Shirley asked her earlier still haunts her:

How do I feel about Robert?

After she asks me, I feel nothing for a moment.

Before remembering his blue face on a Christmas morning; his screaming as his eye bleeds; the overwhelming attention he demanded of my mother every day. Attention I did without because he needed it more than I did — as I was told again and again.

I choke back a lifetime of un-cried tears.
Her tremble
maple leaves bowing
under sudden rain


photograph by Kaboompics.com

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 www.frankjtassone.wordpress.com 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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