Uninvited Celebrants

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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



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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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  1. 11 November 2017

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