Meet a wonderful poet: Joni Caggiano #guest post #poetry

My Dear Readers,
It is my pleasure to introduce to you a wonderful poet: Joni Caggino.

Joni has been writing since she was very young as a way for her to express her feelings while growing up in an alcoholic household.  She believes herself to be an old soul and gives any credit to her ability to write words that others may enjoy to God.  Joni’s home is in North Carolina with her husband and two dogs.  She is the author of the book, “The Path Towards the Light,”  and her blog is the-inner-child.com.  Her photography and poetry have been featured in Thefinestexample.home.blog.  Her poetry has also been featured in Spillwords Press NYC. Please visit Joni’s site for more beautiful poetry.

Chuck-will’s-widow
written by Joni Caggiano on May 5, 2020

Hand-painted flowers slide off plates for two and dance
Daylilies and impatiens caress the porch with sweet aromas
Spring peepers and crickets sing a lullaby for baby wrens
Beautiful is the angel covering the table with feathers
Candles weep, crippling their size with passionate notions
Stars create a canopy in the skies, ornamenting the lively table
Whiffs of tasty food flood the senses of neighboring animals
She smells of gardenias, her long crimson hair adorned
With Moonflowers whose white blossoms open only at night
The chuck-will’s-widow sings a sorrowful but lovely tune
Greyish moss hangs low in wise oaks as wishful reminders
Her dress clings to her soft shoulders like a lover to a glance
Skin smooth like stones washed for centuries and as soft
As the foot that falls on fresh snow on the Appalachian trail
Waiting until candles cry no more and the food turns cold
Lovingly with arms outstretched, she blows a winged kiss
Gazing as it flies upwards toward the playful moon and stars
On this our tenth anniversary, how I miss you, she whispered
I will wait for you, my love, until God calls us to dine again

Photo credit: Piera Jill

And.. thank you to Joni for her magnificent review of my book Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings available on Amazon here.
Below please find an excerpt from Joni’s review. You can read the entire review on Amazon.

“Her pages fill one with thought and provoke all sorts of new meaning to the finding and holding onto love. It is difficult to pick a favorite as each poem has something unusual and magnificent to offer. I found myself feeling every word of her poetry in Wooden Bed. She gives us a glimpse of beautiful memories, and the instructions left for the one she loves but will leave behind as “guards are coming my wrists will be soon stamped – yours forever, from a concentration camp…. Each poem is a journey that is unsullied with the writer’s brilliance. This book is one that will be cherished and read again and again throughout the years.”

Thank you.
Love.
Gabriela

@short-prose-fiction (Gabriela Marie Milton)

69 thoughts on “Meet a wonderful poet: Joni Caggiano #guest post #poetry

    1. Thank you so much dear Era. I am humbled and honored by your nomination.
      xoxo
      Gabriela

  1. I really loved this.
    Candles weep, crippling their size with passionate notions

    Thank you for sharing. May Allah bless you with more success

    1. Thank you so much. I am so glad you like Joni’s work. Sending you plenty of blessings.
      Gabriela

    2. Thank you so much for your gracious comment. I am so delighted that you enjoyed my poem. It was a blessing for me to be a guest here and look forward to reading some of your work. Love and blessings Joni.

  2. My dearest friend, beautiful Button, I cannot thank you enough for featuring me on your blog. I am grateful beyond words for your friendship, encouragement, and for adding to the splendor of the world with your amazing poems, beautiful new book, and your flash fiction. I can’t think of a kinder gift than to be on your site. Love Joni (honeybun)

    1. Joni, sweetheart, thank you for your words of praise. I am humbled by them.
      I am thrilled to share your wonderful work with my followers. I hope they enjoy your beautiful work and visit your site.
      xoxoxoxo

    1. I am so glad you liked it Ishita. I hope Joni sees your comment.
      Love and hugs to you sweetheart.

      1. I am actually going to visit her blog now. Finally finished all my work for the day. I’m so excited to read her other works!

        Love and hugs right back❤😘

    2. Hello dear Ishita, I am so delighted that you enjoyed the poem. “I was captivated, enchanted” these are precious words to my ears and are so appreciated. I look forward to visiting your site. Thank you again as it was an honor to be here. Blessings and love coming to you from North Carolina. Joni

      1. It is my absolute pleasure dear Joni. You are a wonderful poet. I’m so glad my comment made you happy! I wish you like my work as much I liked yours. Love, hugs and blessings from India❤💐🍁

    1. I am so excited that you liked my work and appreciate your kind comment so much. I am looking forward to visiting and reading your work as well. It was such a kind thing for Gabriela (Button) to do to have me on her site. I hope you have a blessed day Nico. Love Joni

    1. Hello my friend, thank you for already visiting my site. I am so delighted to have been hosted by Gabriela (Button) and to have the opportunity to meet new writers. I have also joined your site as well. Looking forward to reading great new writers. Blessings and love, Joni

    1. Hello my new friend. Thank you so much for your thoughtful words. I was so grateful to Gabriela for hosting me, so kind of her. I have already been to your site and look forward to reading your work as well. Thank you again and have a day full of love and blessings, Joni

    1. Thank you so much Eric. That is so nice of you to say.
      I am sending you a hug 🙂 I hope Joni sends you one too.

    2. Wow, what kind praise that is, and I feel like that it true as well. I am touched by your words. I was floored the first time I read one of Gabriela’s (Button’s) poems. Each poem was like a gift to each reader. I also felt like we were meant to meet in this community and I felt immediately connected to her in some way. Thank you again and I look forward to reading your work. Blessings, many hugs and love coming your way. Love Joni

    1. Hello and thank you for your lovely compliment. I am delighted that you liked the poem. It was such a delight and honor to be here on Gabriela’s (Button’s) site. I am so looking forward to having some new and talented writers to read. Have an amazing day and thanks again. Blessings and love Joni

      1. Really great job then. I enjoyed reading it. Blessings and I wish you the best with your writings! 😉

    1. Hello my new friend. Thank you so much for your kind comment. I am so glad you liked the imagery and the poem. It was a blessing for me to be hosted by Gabriela (Button) and I will be looking forward to reading your work. Love and blessings to you. Joni

  3. Ahhh I join you in love and admiration for Joni’s poetry – and her kind heart. She conjures a world of such beauty, and in this featured poem I love the lines:
    “Her dress clings to her soft shoulders like a lover to a glance”
    The idea of a lover clinging to a glance… wow.
    Also, I love the friendship I see between the two of you.
    Have a wonderful day xoxoxo

    1. Thank you so much Rachel. I hope Joni reads this. I like that line very much too. Really, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words.
      Sending you boats filled with summer flowers and warmth.
      Love and hugs. Plenty of them.

      1. My Fabulous Rachael. Thank you.
        Sending you more love and hugs.
        xoxoxoxo

    2. Hi Rachel, thank you so much for your gracious comment. I read your work here first as part of a collaborative effort. As you know I am reading backwards on your site, and enjoying every minute of it. I enjoy your work immensely. I was so honored and grateful to Gabriela (Button) when she asked to feature me as her guest. That took one nano second to respond. I am so glad you liked those lines and the poem. I look forward to reading lots more of your work. Thanks again and have an amazing day. Love and hugs to you Rachel, Joni

      1. Joni, you have a way about you that never fails to bring a smile to my face. You are immensely talented, and I’m very grateful to G (button ❤️), for connecting us. Love and hugs to you too Joni 💕

      2. Thank you so much Rachel you are very sweet. I am grateful that Button connected us too. It is a blessing to read your work. Thank you for your sweet words they mean a lot. Love, hugs and blessings to you too Rachel. Joni

    1. Thank you so much Christine. I am glad you think so. I am having a lot of trouble with my notifications and my reader feed now. Before I had trouble with my comments. I follow myself but my posts do not appear in my readers. Neither do yours. I am glad you commented. To your site now.

    2. Oh great , now I cannot like any of your posts on your site. I remember last time I liked a post of yours it was a reblog done by someone else. Did you redo your site?

    3. Hello Christine, I truly appreciate your kind words. Forgive the late response, I didn’t know the protocol when being hosted on someone elses site. This was my first time and Gabriela (Button) was so thoughtful and loving to host me. I didn’t know I could leave comments on her site and should have asked. I am so flattered by your very gracious words and that you thought my poem was “stunningly beautiful.” I am looking forward to visiting and reading your work Christine. Thank you again and have a blessed day filled with lots of love. Joni

    1. Thank you so much for your gracious and kind words Kevin. I am delighted and honored to be on Gabriela’s (Button) site. I look forward to reading your work as well. Thanks again and have a blessed day. Love Joni

  4. So lovely that you had Joni as a guear poet Gabriella! It’s so wild, I was just responding to your post and thought, I haven’t seen anything from Joni for a bit and scrolled down and there she was.. It was so wonderful to get to know a little more about her background as we are recent friends and I so appreciate her kind spirit and beautiful poetry and this didn’t disappoint. She has a beautiful capturing way with words and this was exceptional!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
    ❤️ Cindy

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