In Harshness

haibun poetry


In the crunch of fiberglass,
a shattered mirror dangling on a wire.

In the biting words of a text-message slap,
the piercing cold stare of an evaluator’s review.

In every word and action taken or not.

In every inch of fallen snow power-thrown before sunrise.

Not only in rippling lakes cold sunset


photograph by Mathieu Nicolet

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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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