Lepidopteric* Encounters


We step through the second door, entering the arbortorium, and feel saturated by semi-tropical heat and humidity! Large palms and other representative flora grow out of the center. The palm branches shelter the pathways.

All around are the butterflies.

A large one with brown, splotchy wings lands on Frankie’s head. He’s seated on one of the butterfly-shaped seats stationed throughout the arbortorium. He sits still while his mother and I take four photos between us.

Then the butterfly takes flight.

Spring sunlight
an aroma of daffodils
outside World of Wings

*of or related to Lepidoptera, an order of insects that includes moths and butterflies.


Photo by Chris Abney on Unsplash

The Writers 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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