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

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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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