Spring Suite, Part I: At the NJ Botanical Gardens

spring haibun


The twin rows of apple trees define a path down the center of Skyland Manor’s Great Lawn. They won’t blossom until May.

Many other trees already do. Daffodils, hydrangeas, and other plants, as well. All of which Mira says we have at home.

Why did we travel almost an hour to see them?

weather-worn stone
cracked statues across
white blossoms


photograph by Randy Jacob

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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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