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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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. 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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