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

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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