November 11, 2012

We make it to the Veteran’s Day concert at West Point. The storied USMA band plays melodies dating back to “Chester”, the most popular drum and piper tune during the Revolutionary War.

The music charms, the slideshow entertains, but where are the Jazz Knights?

Then I hear Big Band music from the World War II era. Halfway through Glen Miller’s “In the Mood,” I realize that the conductor is gone. A guitarist and Jazz trumpet soloist join the horns and strings already playing. Half of the band listens with their instruments on their lap.

There are the Jazz Knights I wanted to see! Playing on stage with the band, all along! Playing alone, at last!

another birthday
the melody of clarinet
and trumpet lines


Photo by Josh Rocklage


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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