Tears and a Torn Conscience

She puts her head down and cries, “I’ve let down you teachers. I’m stupid.”

I try to console her.

She asks, “Can’t you give me a list of vocabulary? So I can understand?”

I remember my intention at the beginning of the year. We would change how we work together. We would meet regularly to co-plan. Then I remembered her hardened expression every time I tried to meet her. My resolve failed. I surrendered.

Her question is a knife upon which my torn conscience bleeds. As it should.


an incomplete test …


during the downpour

Photo by Justyn Warner


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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