Strange Sorrow

backyard with fire pit and chairs at dusk

Lessons prepared. Other work will wait.

I enjoy the rest of a relaxing day with the family: football, phone calls, the great outdoors. Even Syfy!

Still, an uneasiness arises, like the phantom prick of a splinter removed from an old callous. I gave up YABC. It’s a deliverance, but it’s also a loss. Six years! Then I think of Susan, who told me not to leave her, not to do that to her.

The very thing I did, that I had to. For myself.

Sunday night
another sigh
as crickets sing

Photo by Shaun Montero

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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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