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


Image Curve’s Manifesto


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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