The Smuggs Chronicle, Part Nine

stories about old memories


Ninth Day: August 26, 2013

Downtown Jeffersonville. We bought wine, a scarf — and her birthday card. All before lunch.
gray clouds a sigh of relief clutching that envelop

Rain Day. We rest at Sycamore. Using the sausage, olive cholis and the variety of cheeses — Brie, two different cheddars — that we bought at the Cabot Creamery factory outlet, Mira makes a European continental lunch.

The extra sharp cheddar with cooked sausage on a slice of cholis bursts with flavors: pungent, sour cheese combines with luscious, biting meat. I wash mine down with glasses of Franzia burgundy.

Rattling raindrops —
another slice of cheese
and sausage

Mist over Mount Mansfield. Only its peak rises above it.

A late afternoon dinner followed by the Fun Zone. Mira and I keep up a volley playing table tennis. Frankie descends the giant inflatable sign over and over.

Cloud-covered mountains
a sky full of
unseen stars

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


photograph by Jez Timms

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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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