Smuggs ’14 Chronicle, Day 6: July 30, 2014, continued

group of friends by a lake around a bonfire

As the afternoon closes on four, the earlier clouds break apart. The brightest sunlight since Saturday bathes the west end of the deck. Tamarack leaves rustle in a passing breeze. Soon, Frankie will return. Then we’ll visit the farmers’ market in Jeffersonville before the family bonfire tonight.

sedentary leisure tomatoes ripening on the rail

We pulled into the parking lot of the deli-bakery—gas station next to the Family Table. When we looked down the rise, we saw only parked cars beside the boat launch. No Farmers’ Market. After asking around, we found it. A horseshoe of tents surrounded a stage, selling the same tourist-trap regalia sold at the Family Vermont Country Fair back on the resort.

fresh lettuce two acoustic guitars playing the Band

After we arrive early enough to the Bonfire, Frankie roasts marshmallows before the sing-along. We bite into our smores and lose ourselves in its sweet sensation. After dark, Goodtime Charlie leads the sing-along. We laugh later over how he doesn’t change “one iota.”

firelight Frankie’s tears at “Leaving on a Jet Plane”

Photo by Tegan Mierle

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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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