Hurricane Sandy Serenade – Part Four (Finis)

hurricane poem

Haibun Poem


November 1st

Another morning at the library: He watches POV videos, while I delete email. We cringe at the fire alarm a careless patron sets off when she steps outside to answer a call.

Later, we meet Shirley. Her professional mask rises instantly over her surprise. Frankie notices the sink in her counseling room.

Another meal in fading daylight.

We escape from the deepening cold to make All Saint’s Day mass. Only we’re thwarted by a detour and late start.

We stop by the Airmont Diner. It’s crowded, but warm. Dino seats us in a booth near the back window. I eat a mediocre cannoli and sip a weak decaf. Frankie’s ice cream makes up for it.

Soon — too soon — we leave for our dark, cold home. Sometime during the night, Mira stirs me. “We’ve got power back.”

“Yay,” I mutter, falling asleep to the rhythm of my blinking alarm clock.

banging pressboards
an almost forgotten
electric hum


previous: Hurricane Sandy Serenade, Part Three


photograph by Patrick Gothe


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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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