in the waking hours, I hear your breath
crusted sands of the past are in your eyes
reminders of pain
lies that lick the dust
sheets that once knew luster
stolen from an innocent
devouring me like a vulture
lost, I linger like the fledgling
afraid to leave
afraid to stay
living in the in-between
dying in the shadows

Poem and photo by Joni Caggiano – Picture of Wren fledgling taken with my iPhone

19 thoughts on “Fledgling

  1. This is splendid Joni. I feel every word. The poem is atmospheric. It breathes. It hurts. You are an exceptional writer. I am in awe with your writings sweetheart.
    Love and blessings to you.

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    1. Oh thank you sweet Button. I appreciate your kind words so much. They are like honey to my ears. I hope you are having beautiful weather and a blessed day. Love you much Beautiful Button. Honeybun 🌺🌸❤️xoxoxo

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      1. My apologies, I didn’t see this comment until just now. I chatted with an accommodating person on WordPress for about an hour to understand how I could be missing comments.

        I found out today that WordPress limits the number of notifications you can have (a relatively small amount that’s not configurable). If I don’t respond to comments quickly (which includes new posts on every site I follow), it is likely to drop off. This means I won’t see a comment at all, as I have reached my limit, and the comment drops off.

        I should be able to bypass this limitation by checking the comment section of my WordPress account on the computer many times a day. Please accept my apology, and I sincerely hope you have a blessed and fantastic day!


  2. A beautiful poem, I very much admire your tenderness and how you are able to mix this softness with tremendous power…your words are so precise and they create a most beautiful image, images that transform your words into something that inside one can grasp and assimilate. Lovely, lovely work Joni…all the best and wishing you a great Wednesday.

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    1. Francisco your praise and kind words leave me speechless. “I very much admire your tenderness and how you are able to mix this softness with tremendous power…”. I am so happy that it touched you. I love trees and the ocean so much that when I saw my friends photograph it was as “if the tree was trying to make it to the water.” Also her words. I am so grateful for your reading and commenting, it means so much Francisco. Thank you truly. I hope it is alright to ask if your studio is open yet? I hope that things are much better now. I am so grateful you are safe and still working. With much love from NC wishing you all the best in life my friend. Love Joni 🌸🌺😘❤️

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      1. Thank you so much Joni. I admire your talent and your self as a friend, and I appreciate your support and words of kindness. My studio is always open but we are not yet in phase 1 so no one can come in yet…wishing for the best and knowing God is in control. With love from Spain,

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      2. I like that your studio is always open. Thank you for your kind words Francisco. Try to imagine I am giving you a big heartfelt hug right now because if I were there I would. With love 💕 Joni

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