Smuggs ’14 Chronicle, Day 2, July 26, 2018

see Mansfield again
before taking the plunge down
the spiral pipe slide
relaxing in the hot tub
Frankie under my arm

The Cabot Factory Outlet in Waterbury offered a crowded house more than cheese samples. A pixie-cut-haired young woman from a new “Meadery” offered tastings from the fledgling enterprise’s three meads. Free mead, along with the purchase of our favorite cabot, goat cheese, Greek olives and more—a good start!

Afterward, we visit the Cider Mill Press, where we sample jams, delicious apple cider before swaying back and forth on swings while viewing the Green Mountains.

crowded shop
laughing at novelty messages
sublimely absurd
his sneakers on a sofa
his new sketch in a gallery

At Zorro’s, a blond woman tells a riddle I told—one that Frankie solved. “His mother,” he blurts out. To which the woman retorts, “Smarty pants!”

a darkening sky above
faded siding

Photo by Alice Donovan Rouse


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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