Summer Virus

Haibun

The bloated feeling began when we drove home from the library. The cramping began later, when we came to bed. Rolaids offered no relief. The cramping soon became stabbing pains, waking me up. I had dreamed that Mom suggested I take a stool softener.

twice awake
toilet paper fills
an empty bowl

The next morning, the stabbing pain is so intense that I can’t center. Thinking of coffee, I feel a wave of nausea. Can’t drive in this condition. No choice left. I take another day off.

Convalescence
another wasted day
before the tv

more by FRANK J. TASSONE

photo by Ajeet Mestry

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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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