The Smuggs Chronicle, Part Fourteen

haibun series


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

The Writers 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 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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