The Smuggs Chronicle, Part Fourteen

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Fourteenth Day: August 31, 2013

We sit on the swing overlooking Rum Runner’s Hideaway. The mountain reservoir sits still in the late morning. We await the opening hour when Mira notices that the Port-O-John is missing.

A call to guest services confirms our suspicion. Rum Runner’s has already closed for the season.

echoes of laughter — only the meadowlark singing

The summit of Morse Mountain looms overhead. Frankie sits on the ski lift exit platform with Jack, a boy he met at camp, and a girl whose name he forgot. We teamed up with the Rum Runner’s Hideaway Hike for their last leg as a consolation for missing Rum Runner’s last day. The guide snaps a photo of us on the platform.

last heavy pant … smiling before Madonna Peak

An afternoon of shuffleboard, indoor mini golf and the obstacle course at the fun zone. Leftover shrimp, vegetables and pasta. The last of the Ben & Jerry’s. And an evening watching Everybody Loves Raymond.

perfect transition to home … rinsing the last ice cream bowls


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


photograph by Christoph Bentsston Lissaldle

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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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