Ordinary Awakening

purple dawn over a tree line with a house
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I nurse a cup of coffee at the kitchen table, staring out the storm door. The darkness will crack at any moment. Inky black will fade to a deep purple, before transforming into a brightening blue.

When I awoke, I thought I had set the alarm by mistake. Surely, I have the day off! Realization dawned on me, however: it’s Wednesday. I rose out of bed, finally feeling ordinary. No sapping exhaustion or overwhelming anxiety for a change.

Ah, there it is! That hint of blue arrives at last!

train horn
the mantle clock
chimes six

Photo by JD Mason

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Frank J. Tassone

Frank J. Tassone lives in New York City's "back yard" with his wife and son. He fell in love with writing after he wrote his first short story at age 12 and his first poem in high school. He began writing haiku and haibun seriously in the 2000s. His haikai poetry has appeared in Failed Haiku, Cattails, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun Online, Contemporary Haibun, The Haiku Foundation and Haiku Society of America member anthologies. He is a contributing poet for the online literary journal Image Curve, and a performance poet with Rockland Poets. When he's not writing, Frank works as a special education high school teacher in the Bronx. When he's not working or writing, he enjoys time with his family, meditation, hiking, practicing tai chi and geeking out to Star Wars, Marvel Cinema and any other Sci-Fi/Fantasy film and TV worth seeing.

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