The Smuggs Chronicle – Part Six


Sixth day: August 23, 2013

We park next to a church-turned-community center near an inn on Rte. 100 — Stowe’s Main Street. It’s our second trip, and on the way to Mack Market we pass a woodcarver’s place. There, a wood, painted carving of a pouncing Catamount — non sale for $10,000 — stands on display in the front yard.

“I need that for the neighbors!” Mira laughs.

teeth baring
an embodiment of our mood
back home

The Black Coffee and Tea has a décor that features aged painted walls, couches and chairs and just enough lighting. A woman sits with her Macbook near the door. Bookshelves hold various worn-covered paperbacks.

We purchase a rich, chocolate pastry (for her) and a 14-ounce cup of medium roast (for me), then relax at a duce on the porch.

We won’t realize our mistake until it’s too late.

tasty respite…
across the street another
New England steeple

Time at Mountainside pool; time at Sycamore. Memories that blend together

August afternoon
another of Mira’s
gourmet creations

Friday. Family Karaoke. Frankie performs a single alone and a duet with David. Larry and I chat while others’ children belt out the same Taylor Swift single again and again.

Then Frankie takes the stage. He performs Imagine Dragons’ “It’s Time.” He hits every note — statuesque in his delivery. A singing head.

preteens dancing
Frankie shining alone in
karaoke light

The boys share their last night together at the Fun Zone. The Goodmans leave tomorrow.

We may not see them for two years.

half moon
their village shuttle
getting smaller

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


photograph by Josh Wilburne

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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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