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


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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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