The Smuggs Chronicle 2013, Part 2

Haibun Poetry

Second Day: August 19, 2013

I. Stowe Path

Walking the asphalt path
Wildflowers purple and orange
High grasses, blackberries
Sycamores and maples
Lining the sides

Past a bend
Top of a rise
Stalks of corn
Not yet fully grown
Crown a hill

Each step on Stowe Path
Dodging bicyclists
Picking berries
Checking Piecasso’s menu
Lounging every step

Ending where we began
Seated on a swing made
From a retired lift chair
Gazing at Yelp
For culinary enlightenment

II. Aquatic Anarchy

The hot tub’s 104-degree water relaxes my knotted thighs. I settle with my back against a jet. A handful of people gaze around. I promptly forget them.

Sterling Mountain
overlooking Courtside
another sigh

Our respite at Courtside ends when David convinces Frankie to go to the North Hill Water Park with him. Mira and I trudge after the sprinting kids. When we find Frankie, he’s sliding down a tube slide. But David is nowhere in sight.

Frankie’s smile
overpowering stench of
Chlorine

We return to Courtside for the DJ Block Party. Frankie and David win a Smuggs water bottle. Goodtime Charlie uses it as a marker for the cannonball contest. Every kid ignores it. Except Frankie, who keeps moving it.

laughter and cheers
the largest cannonball sprays
the spectators

read from the beginning: Pre-Smuggs Insomnia, the Prequel

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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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