Fresh-cut grass soaks in the sun. Already sweaty and sore, I crank the starter rope of the chainsaw — the same one that leaked chain oil in the carrying case. After a prayer and several false starts, it roars to life.

The blade makes two cuts into the trunk. The barren peach sapling falls. I cut off branches and toss them into the overgrowth alongside our yard. Next, I repeat the trimming process with the hedge trimmer, the recipients this time the branches that overhang the deck stairwell.

The hardest job is the stones. I squeeze the tube gun so hard that my fingers nearly lock. The adhesive that pours out is so thin the stones may not even set.

Somehow, they do.

August afternoon
robins peck a manicured lawn
for worms


photograph by Ya-chuan Hsu

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 www.frankjtassone.wordpress.com 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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