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haibun poem

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


Image Curve’s 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 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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