Smuggler’s Notch 2012 Travelogue, Part IV

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August 23rd

We ascend Stowe Pinnacle, eat lunch, snap photos and gaze at the valley below. I mind my steps descending the trail. It leveled off; I let my focus wonder just a moment. Then my right ankle turns. I overcompensate with my left leg. Lose my balance. Fall. My thigh throbs as I lay on my side.

Stone or root
Fresh contusion

I hold Frankie’s ankles. He races up the lawn on his hands, dragging me behind him. He drops belly-first onto the grass as he crosses the finish line. Right in front of me! In spite of my injured thigh, I hurdle him.

Vermont Country Fair
Rain clouds gather above the
Horseshoe of booths


next: Smuggler’s Notch 2012 Travelogue, Part V

previous: Read Smuggler’s Notch 2012 Travelogue, Part III


photograph by Wil Stewart


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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. 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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