Stumbling Along the Way

haibun, rain drop


“All I care about is the way. I find it in my craft, that’s all.”

—Ting the Cook
Chuang Tzu, Chapter 3

A quick rush of rainfall. Wind chime songs. Drops cling to a bare branch near the utility lines. A few moments sooner, and those drops cling to me.

trembling leaves
thump of the closing door
before the clock chimes

Bloated. Tired. Wrestling with the inevitable return to work — where I can find the way in my craft. If I have the mind to.

sudden gust
the ignored backpack


photograph by Shyamanta Baruah

The Writers Manifesto


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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