Memorial Light and Shadow

What do I remember of her? Straight brown hair, sky-blue eyes and tapered cheekbones? Her love of horses? My head swimming when she smiled?

What don’t I remember of her? Our walks in the woods of Douglas Park? Or awkward moments under the bleachers? Or our times together in the rush of pouring rain?

I can only remember what happened. Not what I would have wanted to happen, had I come of age where we grew up together.

Instead of where I did, without her.

flying sparks
the imprint in the ground
we never made


Photo by Travis Grossen


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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