Restless Day After

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Haibun Poetry

A Nickelodeon version of Cinderella plays in the family room. Bella, our neighbor’s golden retriever, barks at a passing dog and walker. The pine-scented aroma from our freshly mopped tile floor reaches the living room. Mira rests on our fading cream love seat. I watch her miss filly T-shirt rise and fall with each breath.

Just yesterday I laid a rose on the stainless steel casket holding my 27-year-old cousin.

Just yesterday.

still maple leaves
gravediggers raking that
fresh pile of dirt


photograph by May Mantri

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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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  1. 22 November 2017

    […] first published on Image Curve, June 4, 2015 […]

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