Smuggler’s Notch 2012 Travelogue, Part I

haibun haiku

Haibun Poetry


Aquatic Massage

Hot water jets pummel my back. Steam rises off the water into the cool air. Madonna and Sterling tower above the Mountain View condos bordering the Courtside Pool.

The aches of a five-hour drive fade. I almost forget my name.

cool mountain air
missing only a filled
champagne glass


Ver Mont Grande

A line of young sycamores stand as a shield wall before us. Their opponent looms high above, a grandfather playing ogre for his amused grandchildren.

Mount Mansfield, all covered in Pine, Spruce, Maples, and Oak — all looking like broccoli heads at this distance — can swipe the sycamore line away with a wave. Only the blanket of cumulus and its sporadic rain subdues Vermont’s tallest mountain.

hidden sunlight
burning charcoal fills
the cooling air


Day Hike’s End

We reach Rumrunner’s Hideaway after descending Morse Mountain. An excited blond pre-teen bounces off of a trampoline into freezing mountain water.

under Madonna
an adult or child
asleep on the swing?


next: Smuggler’s Notch 2012 Travelogue, Part II


photograph by Samuel Zeller


Image Curve’s 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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