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

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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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