A Montebello School Commencement

Frankie and I are home. He’ll soon put on a light-green, button-down collared shirt, a pair of Khakis and dockers. We’ll drop him off at the middle school and take our seats in the auditorium.

For his promotion ceremony.

I blinked, and my son turned eleven and graduated elementary school. Years like sand through clenched fists is a cliché for a reason.

Passing breeze all the songbird chicks grown up


Author’s note: this haibun commemorates my son’s elementary school commencement in the spring of 2014. He’s currently a freshman in High School!


photo by Celia Ortega


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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