Legacy’s Beginning

new haibun



She has grime on her hood and quarter panels. A torn fender and scuffed tire guards. Some scratches. But she is midnight black with heated leather seats and a moon roof.

Her near $18,000 price tag saddens me, because she is my perfect next car.

Rides well. Comfortable taking turns, accelerating, decelerating. She hugs the roads as I follow my sales rep Stuart’s directions through historic Tappan. Even the stereo plays well.

I negotiate hard, ready to walk away. But I can only knock off $350 — the junk price for the outback. However, the dealership bends on the deposit and monthly payments. I put down $300.

We negotiate delivery by Saturday. I’ll drive her home Monday.

with the black sky
new Legacy



photograph by Thomas Ulrich


Image Curve’s Manifesto


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 www.frankjtassone.wordpress.com 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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