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

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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