Seventh Annual Fun Run

haibun poem

Haibun Poem


Parents in T-shirts and shorts herd their hyperactive children to the starting line. We ignore the green-shirted volunteer speaking through a bullhorn. Other volunteers attempt to corral us to one-half of the road. An oceanic blanket of humidity smothers us in an all-too-familiar hot, sticky discomfort.

Matt and Frankie run ahead. Mira walks briskly. Michelle and I leisurely stroll.

I can’t tell if I’m sweating by the end.

horde of walkers
high above hills and asphalt
red-tailed hawks



photograph by Jordan McQueen


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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. I am honored to be a part of the Image Curve community as a contributing poet.

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