The Smuggs Chronicle, Part Thirteen

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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

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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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