Smuggs ’14 Chronicle, Day 5: July 29, 2014

hiking trail with wooden logs

The Sterling Pond trail sharply ascends the forested slope of Sterling Mountain. The Smuggler’s caves, rest rooms and parking lot lie across Route 108, nestled beneath Mount Mansfield’s western ridge. Step-like stones lead to rocks, soil and roots. We breathe hard before the first straight-away.

Finally, we make it to the pond. Different couples and families take turns photographing themselves beside or atop a boulder on the shore. One man discusses a path back with another, map in hand. We eat grilled chicken and avocado sandwiches before moving on. First, we ascend the Long Trail south, then use a connector to reach our lookout. Clouds cover the radio towers atop Mount Mansfield. We still see the heart of the mountain as we finish lunch alone.

rushing water
down the mountainside
breaking clouds

Frankie and I slide down the pipe at the North Hills Aquatic Center. Then we soak in the hot tub. Rinse and repeat.

Jambalaya dinner quiet night in after


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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