Legacy’s Beginning

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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


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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. I am honored to be a part of the Image Curve community as a contributing poet.

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