The Smuggs Chronicle – Part Five

haibun haiku


Fifth Day: August 22, 2013

Clouds fill the sky above Mansfield and Sterling. Sporadic rain falls. Mira and I enjoy an afternoon in. The sun soon breaks through. We eat her homemade salad and drink her latest creation: red wine mimosas.

intermittent rain
clatter of silverware on
empty porcelain

A day in “Bookland.” Soaking in Stephan Erickson’s Dust of Dreams. Where did the day go?

one sunbeam
flying off a dripping branch
mountain sparrow

Frankie races through the new obstacle course at the Fun Zone — his first visit of the season.

Goodtime Charlie, the Friendly Pirate, Billy Bob Bear and Mogal Mouse arrive for the kids dance party. It’s part of the indoor festivities that Smuggs hosts when the Vermont Country Fair is rained out.

Not that Frankie notices for long.

dance train
the boy races for
another slide

read from the beginning: Pre-Smuggs Insomnia, the Prequel


photograph by Kate Williams

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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 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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