An Oil Change

Haibun Today, Cirrus Clouds

Haibun Poem


A Latino couple rests on the dark-gray leather couch opposite me. His thoroughly stained white painter’s pants and Sherman white sweatshirt somehow contrast and complement her matching light-gray sweat suit. An Orthodox couple with a toddler sits on burgundy cushion chairs nearby. A rhythmic pounding blends with Asian TV and a muffled radio broadcast. A Mobile banner torn in the middle flaps in a passing breeze.

An attendant tells me I have a head-casket leak as well as an engine oil and transmission fluid leak.

How convenient.

white Cirrus clouds…
budding maples swaying
in another breeze


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 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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