Uninvited Celebrants

Haibun Poetry Form, Celebrate with Music

Haibun Poetry


We had plans for my birthday worked out when the French door opens. Five minutes later Mom and Dad sit at our kitchen table. As often happens living in a mother-daughter home.

“We didn’t know what you guys were doing,” Dad says, “We bought a cheesecake.”

“We celebrated last night,” I reply.

“That was for Robert, since he was home,” Mom answers.

“What about the Realtor’s party?”

The one they were supposed to make without us.

Mira wipes the counter. Showing only her stiff back and cringing shoulders. Frankie pulls a kitchen chair to the sink and opens the faucet.

“Wash your hands in the bathroom,” she shouts.

He continues to run the water. “Do what she says!” I snap.

He jumps down from the chair, runs into the bathroom and slams the door. I sigh and shut the faucet.

Dad and Mom get up. “We’ll go to the Realtor’s party,” she says, “you’ve got your hands full.”

Veteran’s Day
Puzzled parents carry an
unlit Birthday cake


Photograph by Ryan McGuire



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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