Hurricane Sandy Serenade – Part Three

Halloween poems

Haibun Poem

October 31st

“Frankie says it’s the worst Halloween ever.”
“No pumpkin to carve, no trick-or-treating.”
I look at my mother. “Why can’t he tell me himself?”

We pull up to Secor Farms later the same morning. He strides through the aisles between pumpkin-laden tables. Until he finds the perfect one.

Then we stop at the crowded Suffern Library. Every seat close to an outlet in the café has already been taken. The crowd checks email, Facebook and any other site using tablets, laptops and phones that are still plugged in.

We carve his pumpkin after returning home. He has his Jack-o’-Lantern. But trick-or-treating appears to be out. The Knolls, where we have gone the last several years, still has no power. Then Mira learns that the Bon Air Condo community does.

He hits unit after unit, townhouse after townhouse. He’s not alone: the crowds we usually see at the Knolls have discovered Bon Air, too. We soon run into the Murphy family. And our son, who only this morning told his grandma he was having the worst Halloween ever, runs with his friends to even more units, shouting, “More houses! More candy!”

leaving behind an unlit


previous: Hurricane Sandy Serenade, Part Two


photograph by Aaron Burden


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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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