A Cathartic Question?

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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


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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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