Hurricane Sandy Serenade, Part One

poem about storm

Haibun Poem

October 29th

I tremble starting the job. Ebony curtain rods are still in the original packaging. So are the wall anchors and screws. I had already lost myself to a fever-pitched rage over the difficulty of placing the first anchor.

Finally, one rod goes up. Then another. I keep exploding over every dropped screw or bent anchor.

The power goes out. Then comes back.

I finish a 3rd rod — one with a new design. Already a day in, my fatigue compromises what’s left of my judgement.

Somehow, I get this last rod up — just before the power goes out. And stays out.

Later that night, we play Monopoly at the kitchen table. Candles on the table and counters illuminate the space. Hurricane Sandy — AKA Superstorm Sandy — makes landfall. The tall maples between the Pastori’s and us sway in circles like drunk hula dancers. Could they crash through our storm door? The one I’ve put my back to?

landing on
the “go to jail” square
superstorm night



next: Hurricane Sandy Serenade, Part Two


photograph by Iren Petrova


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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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