The Smuggs Chronicle, Part Twelve

haibun about family memories


Twelfth Day: August 29, 2013

The day’s weather wears “a thousand faces.” Patches of blue sky and sun follow gray skies and rain. The day screams, “Pursue indoor activities!”

We listen and head to Jeffersonville.

Our first stop? The Vermont Sampler. Mira eyes a gratitude bracelet — four crystal spheres on a sterling silver band — and then several trinkets: odds and ends, memorabilia, etc. We buy the bracelet, honey and natural solid perfume.

driving through rain
artisan-wrought crystal
glistens in the sun

The weather remains clears for the Vermont Country Fair. Frankie and I race in the two-legged sack race — and I, alone, in the adult crabwalk race. We ride Segways. He climbs the rock-climbing tower and rappels down.

We lose the water balloon toss. Mira is denied her massage by tent assembly.

smoky barbecue
scouring the fair for absent
wine tasting

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


photograph by Pete Nowicki

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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