The Smuggs Chronicle, Part Thirteen

haibun series


Thirteenth Day: August 30, 2013

Mira and I make our last trip to Stowe this season. We eat a sumptuous homemade salad before beginning our walk along the Stowe Path.

The sun scorches us so much that she opens our umbrella for shade. We pass a statue of Mary, then come across a Gallery and an outdoor sculpture Garden reminiscent of the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, NY, a thirty-minute drive from home.

We cap our trip with a return to the Von Trapp Family Lodge. Mira savors the mountain views as we walk through lush gardens. And we both catch our breath as the sight of an icon of Madonna and child.

season’s final date…
nestled in the arms
of mountains

Frankie performs two solos and a duet with me at Smuggs’—and our—last family karoke of the seasons.

The crowd goes wild!

“Streetlight People”
Frankie belts out that
Journey classic

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


photograph by Adam Kool

The Writers Manifesto


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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