Summer Vacation ’14 Premier

A cardinal alights on a high branch of the Peach tree. Its weight bends the branch toward the thick ground cover. Robins, sparrows and jays mark their territory in the Maple canopy. Frankie and I eat breakfast on the deck, listening to iTunes alternative radio that plays through our Motorola speaker. Sunlight bathes the backyard through a break in the clouds.

Summer morning
a robin lands on the root
of the Apple tree

Echoes of memory dissipate like clouds after a storm. No tension-laced monologues predicting imminent doom. No throat-clutching dread of facing fire-or-ice teachers. No mountains of compliance work, or conniving “help,” or the emptiness of an empty room 210. Just the ease of melting into the chaise and letting the morning breeze blow over me like a tide. Just this, the first day of my summer vacation.

effortless breathing
a blue jay chasing sparrows
above the yard

photo by Joe Cox

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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 www.frankjtassone.wordpress.com 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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