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Haibun Poem


“White Crane Spreads its Wings”
Sunlight rippling off the
Ramapo River

Deep breath in.
During commencement, I raise soft, rounded arms. They ascend, roll and descend.
Deep breath out.

As I pivot and “roll the ball.” Empty, fill. Breathe in, breathe out. Brush knee left. Then the rest of the Yang long form.

When I conclude, a tingling flow fills every muscle.

Resting in the horse stance
Trembling underneath
Florescent lights


photograph by Yu-chuan Hsu


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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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