River’s Song

I hide within her rolling peaks and float with ferns that line the river
Playing the snapping turtle’s shell pulsating sounds echo in rhythm
Scarlet Tanagers singing along with warblers from their thin branches
Water moccasins slither like ribbons in the wind close to her long lip
Young Blue-fronted Dancers perform a colorful salsa within her mist
Fearlessly I swim naked in her cool but thickly sheltered mossy bottom
Schools of minnows tickle my back as I float, eyes closed and listen
Tales of crickets and wise archaic catfish seep through the dark water
Sharing yarns with the oaks and sugar maples thick on limestone slopes
Melting with the color of the sunset my body turns into her extended arms
Rolling with her cadence millions of cicadas begin their striking chorus
Lightning bugs come out to dance with fairies that fill the trees at dusk
Climbing under a large oak, I lay on a stone that is still warm from the sun
God surrounds me, and my heart flies overhead as I soar with the river’s song

Written by Joni Caggiano 03/13/20

Photograph by Joni Caggiano

25 thoughts on “River’s Song

  1. This is so beautiful, so divine, my dearest Joni. It’s heaven and earth coming together in a single bliss. I am in love with this poem.
    May you have a beautiful day, hon. Just stay away of the water moccasins.
    Your talent shines and shines and shines..
    much love to you.

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    1. Thank you so much Gabriela you have really humbled me with these words. I appreciate your kindness so much. Your sweet I use to swim where there were water moccasins all the time. God kept me safe. Water was an escape in a fantasy world for me. Thanks again for you kind words. Hope your weekend is blessed with lots of light and love. 😘😘 Much love to you Button.

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      1. My pleasure sweetheart. Really a beautiful poem. Swim where there were water moccasins? Ouch… I had a big one on my back terrace last summer. I went on the terrace and first thing I noticed there were two elongated and magnificent green eyes. After a second or so I realized it was a humongous water moccasin and I ran in the house. Those eyes … I am telling you. He was just basking in the sun.

        “God kept me safe.” May God keep you safe always Joni.
        Love and hugs to you

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      2. That must have been scary, they are very poisonous. I watched one chase my cousin in a pond once they are very aggressive. I would never do that now but we do crazy things as children and teenagers. May God keep you safe too beautiful Button. Love ya 😘😘

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    1. You are so sweet my dear Janette. Thank you for always being my supportive and loving friend. I hope you will provide some more photography again that we can feature. People enjoyed your creative work. Have a blessed week buddy. We will talk soon. Love ya bunches 😘😘


  2. Joni, I really enjoyed this beautiful piece! Absolutely sublime. I hope you, your husband and loved ones are all good…here we are good too, but we are in state imposed quarantine for 15 days, only allowed to go to supermarket…strange days, but it is for the better good. Stay well,
    with love and hopes for an end to this virus crisis,
    your friend,

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    1. Oh thank you Francisco you are very kind. I have been praying for all my WordPress and Twitter folks. I had hoped and prayed you were ok. It is wonderful to hear from you. Take the best of care. I will continue to pray for all my brothers and sisters I have met. Yes I pray this virus is over soon. It is wonderful to hear from you and thank you for your well wishes. We are fine. Stay safe. Love to you Joni. πŸ’•πŸ’•

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      1. With all our love to you and to all our friends on this blog and all over the world! We pray this will end soon and all comes back to normal. These are times which we have never seen or experienced and thank God that people are being disciplined, prudent and above all, kind. I am so glad to hear that you are well. Stay well and stay creative, you are a very gifted poet and writer and I love reading everything that you write and as well, enjoy your great photographs!
        Big hug to you,

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      2. Oh thank you Francisco you are so kind. I appreciate you always ready my work as I am such an admirer of yours. Your kind words mean a lot. I hope you can continue your work at home. Hopefully you have a place with great lighting in your house as well where you can work on your art. Love and prayers coming your way. Hugs to you from NC. πŸ’•πŸ’•

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