The Smuggs Chronicle – Part Three

Haibun Poetry

Third Day: August 20, 2013

A note on our windshield reads “Please don’t park in front of our home (duh!) Thank you.” Mira’s face flushes red. She soon snaps aloud about the anonymous author. I feel a numbness settle, a sign of swallowing my anger. Once we drop Frankie at camp — or slightly before — a surge of heat and trembling begin as a red-hot rage erupts, from which I shudder even as I inform guest services.

brittle, thin skin
crows peck at the entrails of
a dead squirrel

Wind on an outcrop facing Mount Mansfield refreshes. I sit Indian-style, close enough to the edge for Mira to panic. I invite her to join me.

The long ascent left us sweaty and sore. I forgot how steep the incline of the Sterling Pond trail is. The vista before us repays us in full.

Spruce, evergreen tops
slow climb of a cable car
up Mansfield

A family fishing
Away from the bustling shore
A boy casts his line
Catches a log
As his father casts his own nearby

Mira and I bite
Into a perfect plum
Gaze across the pond,
The island
Madonna Peak above

a butterfly and dragonfly
race to shore

Frankie sings the lyrics to Imagine Dragon’s Radioactive at the family karaoke. David, singing next to him, sounds monotone and off-lyric.

Until he belts out the chorus.

So loudly that Frankie lowers his mic, curls his lip into a frustrated frown as the last “radioactive” goes silent.

video cutting
a forgettable performance
this summer night

Movie on the lawn: Madagascar 3. With Larry and David. Without Mira, Larry’s wife and daughter.

starlight cinema
the struggle to find a
comfortable position

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


photograph by Will Langenberg

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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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