Photo by Pok Rie on – Poem Written by Joni Caggiano


laughter, like sand sticks to us
an opening in my white, silk dress by a timeworn nail
gusts cool my bronze skin, like the resonant fluttering of angel wings
reality plays hopscotch with memories
sunshine caresses the thick fibers of your gold-flecked curls
cheeks flushed, ornamental stones hang from my scarf
scarlet hair tied loosely back
calluses on bare feet, chiseled with the maps of my stories
smells of vanilla, sandalwood, and coconut
socializing with the salty air

To continue reading “Summer Lie” please go to Spillwords Press


    1. Thank you so much Brad I am always grateful and appreciative of your kind support. I am so delighted you liked it. Hope you have a blessed weekend. Sending lots of love, hugs and blessings Brad. ❤️💕🤗🎈 Jonikins

  1. This was absolutely GORGEOUS✨🌹💖💖

    “laughter, like sand sticks to us”
    Such a wonderful starting😘😘🌸

    “gusts cool my bronze skin, like the resonant fluttering of angel wings
    reality plays hopscotch with memories”
    So beautiful Joni❤✨

    “smells of vanilla, sandalwood and coconut socialize with the salty air
    floating on invisible petals that the fairies journey on”
    I’m not a fairy, and your words aren’t invisible. But I travelled a beautiful journey with your splendid words😘❤

    “my tears, prisoners of the ocean, as are her”
    Such lovely metaphors in the entire poem Joni dear💖💖🌺🌹

    “summer and love, too often born with a lie”
    Such a SUPERB ending to a really CAPTIVATING piece😘😘💖💖

    Stay safe and take care❤
    Sending lots of love and hugs, and hopes of a wonderful and shining weekend✨✨😘💖🌹🌹 Stay blessed sweetheart❤❤

    1. I am humbled by all your gracious words dear Ishita. You have made my day with your praise and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all the kind words you have said about this piece. I am so grateful that you liked this piece so much. You are so supportive and kind to me and I want you to know it means the world to me. Thank you so much for reading and commenting my friend, you are such a dear. Thank you for all the sweet hugs and love and I am sending lots right back. You have a blessed weekend too dearest Ishita. Love ya Joni

      1. It is so absolutely my pleasure Joni❤❤ I am so glad to know that my words mean so much to you. Your words mean the world to me too😘✨💕💕


  2. As if it were a ritual, I walked through the covers of your words and found myself looking at the strength of your verses. The other words stopped sounding because your poem caressed my soul. That is how good it is to transform the thoughts of those who read you.
    Good for you and your inspiration. A good weekend

    1. Oh Manuel thank you so much for your gracious words. “The other words stopped sounding because your poem caressed my soul.”

      I am so pleased that you enjoyed this piece and your words are humbling.

      Thank you so much for your wonderful support and your kindness.

      Have an amazing and blessed weekend. Love 💕 to you and all your family. Joni

    1. Thank you my kind friend. Hope you are having a wonderful beginning to your weekend Judy. I hope the fireworks will be gone tonight and you will have a peaceful evening. Love you 😘 Joni

      1. You’re welcome, Joni. I’m being super lazy today but I guess that’s what I need 🙂, the fireworks have stopped (yay!) hugs to you💖🌷🌸🤗

    1. Oh thank you so much John I really appreciate your support and kindness. Thank you so much. Hope you are having a blessed evening.

      Sending love and hugs through the electricity in the evening sky my friend. ❤️💕🤗Joni

  3. Beautiful Joni, quite a lovely remembrance of summer and little things that really mean so much…take good care and wishing you and your husband all the best, a lovely summer, with sunshine, love, peace and happiness.

    1. Oh thank you Francisco. I am so glad it gave you happy memories. It is always interesting just how incredibly intense every emotion is as a teenager or when one experiences what they think is love when young.

      Thank you for your continued support my friend and best wishes to you and your wife as well. The temperature is in the high 80’s and low 90’s here. We take walks but it is hot. Still it is nice to get out and talk to neighbors at a distance and make sure families are all ok. We feel very blessed as I feel sure you and your wife do too. ❤️Joni

      1. It’s my pleasure Joni. Thank you and blessings and love to you both. Have a great and lovely week my friend. It’s pretty hot 🥵 here too, but not as hot as NC. In Centigrade it is 26 degrees. All the best

      2. Thank you Francisco my friend. We are celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary today. We are both feeling particularly blessed today for each other. Wow, that is perfect weather, not too hot or too cold. Perfect, hope you and your sweetheart have a blessed and amazing week my friends. Love from us both. ❤️💕

      3. Well, great! Fantastic! That is truly smashing news! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! With love to you both from both of us here in Spain. Enjoy your day and your week and all the best!

      4. Thank you my friend how kind of you and your wife. We will have a wonderful week thanks you two. Love from NC. ❤️💕

    1. Thank you so much Anna. I really do appreciate your kind words and support. I am so glad you liked it. I feel blessed every time I am able to have a poem published on Spillwords. Thank you for reading and have a blessed Sabbath my friend. Love to you and all your loved ones. Joni

    1. Oh thank you so very much Stuart. I always feel so blessed to be published in Spillwords. I started submitting work when I was about thirteen and never had anything published so it is like a gift. I am grateful and honored to have your friendship and support my friend. Hope you had a lovely weekend with your sweet wife. I look forward to seeing your beautiful photography this week. Love to you and your love. We are celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary today. 🤗❤️💕🎉🎊 Joni

      1. I enjoyed your poem, Joni. And it’s inspired me to get more of my own poems out there.
        24 years, eh? Enjoy your celebration of an anniversary not achieved too frequently these days. Have a great day!

      2. Thank you from both of us Stuart. I would love to read your poetry. You should post one with a gorgeous photograph. I will be looking for one soon. You two have an amazing day my friend. Hugs 🤗 Joni

  4. I love it when you say ‘ reality plays hopscotch with memories.’ There’s this wonderful summer in the background and just awestriking words on the front. You evoke so many feelings from those lines which don’t even have a name. There runs warmth, peace and literally an enchanting spell of magic in the words. I absolutely love how you paint your words with amazing sensory details without lathering them in heaps of adjectives. Such clever use of images to literally turn the poem.
    You have a very distinctive style, a beautiful choice of words, an emotion all throughout that is difficult to be given a name but wonderful to feel. You write so well .
    It was a delight to go through your flight in the various pieces and they left a soft and serene calmness in me. I can’t even fit in the praises of your works and am probably repeating everything that has been said, but know that as I read your works I truly see an enchanting poetess who deserves so so much more. So so glad to be here. Peace and greetings from Sui generis 💛
    Yours admiringly,

    1. Well I am spell bound literally by your praise. I am humbled and brought to tears by your words literally. I can’t help the tears flow, for to know my words touched you in such a lovely way brings me such joy. I can’t describe, as a writer, what your words mean to me. I am a bit speechless.

      “You have a very distinctive style, a beautiful choice of words, an emotion all throughout that is difficult to be given a name but wonderful to feel. You write so well .”

      Please just know that your kindness in taking the time to read my poem and write this amazing comment has touched my heart so deeply. I am honestly humbled and blessed by your words.

      Thank you my friend, you have already made my week very special and it is only Monday.

      Love to you and your family and sending a basket of magnolias gathered by red threads, woven by silk worms and tiny fairy hands. Their fragrance will be of the sun and memories of young untainted love. ❤️💕

      Thanks again, love Joni

      1. Hey dear. It brings me absolute pleasure to have written to you. If it had not been a follow from your side, I wonder what amazing pieces of poetry I must have missed. My words might not have been very crystal clear but I hope my appreciation for your poetry was conveyed. Please keep writing and pouring your magic words in our veins. It is an inspiration for us to see you write so strongly.
        I’m so so honoured to have this conversation and I hope I have played my part in making you smile. What better than changing the world one smile at a time?

        It means so much to know how much I have touched you, and I hope my words will match the flamboyance of your creativity.
        So a huge thank you for publishing great poetry and inspiring us.
        In return of your wonderful magnolias, I am sending you a bouquet of red chrysanthemums sprinkled with pixie dust. I don’t know the fairy world quite well but I hope the thing makes sense.
        Always a pleasure to be here and be reading and appreciating some wonderful talent.
        I hope your week is filled with sunshine and warmth. May you find peace and comfort in these troubled time. May you stay inspired to write and may you play your part in making the world a better place.
        And yes, may it be peace.
        Closing with loads of love and appreciation,💛
        Always and forever,

      2. Oh thank you for your words and yes you did convey your appreciation so beautifully. I am placing the chrysanthemums with their magical dust all over my house right now, some in every room. Thank you for that lovely delivery. I was just actually checking out your site and beginning to read your work and see you are an artist as well. I can not draw a stick figure. What a blessing to have both gifts. So wonderful to meet you here dear Shanyu. Love and appreciation to you. Joni

      3. You are so welcome Joni. It’s funny cause I’m doing exactly the same with your phenomenal magnolias. It means so much for me to have you here and I hope you have a wonderful read. You did pick out quite an old work of mine, but that’s where the treasure hides, no?
        Yes, I love art and I believe anything that that isn’t a blank canvas is art. Absolutely anything. Even a stick man so as to say. After all poetry and art share that in common. That which meets the eye is not what sets your works apart. What goes into composing it is all that matters.
        See? Your magnolias have really helped me think clearly.
        I hope you like my poems and food stories. Happy reading!
        Love and appreciation to you too.

      4. Yes, when I meet someone new I get to read their work anyway I want. I can take time to read several pieces at a time which is such a treat. Glad you liked the magnolias, they just started blooming here. Love and hugs my friend 🤗 Joni

      5. Thank you for your presence dear friend. I did love the magnolias. Isn’t it wonderful to see blooming flowers? Reminds you that not all things gone awry. There still is hope!
        I just enjoyed every piece of this conversation. Love and hugs Joni.
        I hope the chrysanthemums match all your home decor!

      6. Yours as well my friend. Yes it is wonderful to see all the amazing beauty in the world. I have enjoyed our conversation very much as well. Thank you Shanyu, Be blessed, love and hugs Joni

  5. So gorgeous honeybun. Your verse is splendid. It touches the soul. It enchanted the senses. It’s a beautiful summer that never lies 🙂 Bravo. Congratulations. Five stars. I would give you five stars ten thousand times if I could.
    Much love to you.
    G (Button)

    1. Hi dearest beautiful Bucket. Thank you so much for reading my poem.

      “Your verse is splendid. It touches the soul. It enchanted the senses. It’s a beautiful summer that never lies 🙂 Bravo. “

      Thank you sweetie for reading and commenting. I thank you for the stars. You are such a dear friend and so wonderfully supportive.

      Love to you my dearest friend. Hugs ❤️💕🌺🌸🤗 honeybun

    1. Thank you so very much Era I am delighted you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for your support. Love to you and all your loved ones. 💕❤️🤗 Joni

    1. Oh thank you so much for the kind support and reblog my friend. How very gracious of you and I am so happy you like it. Sending love, hugs and blessings your way. ❤️💕🤗🤗 love Joni

  6. A lovely unfolding Joni. It’s almost as old clothes are being taken off and new clothes are being put on! Very touching! Big Loving Hugs to Joni!☕️🌺👌☀️💫🌺☕️

    1. Thank you kindly my sweet friend. It wasn’t what she’d hoped it would be. Good analogy. Hope your having an amazing day my friend. Sending love and hugs. ☕️☕️❤️💕🤗Joni

      1. Super congratulations to you Joni! We’re due for a coffee celebration! Big Hugs and Cheers!♥️🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺♥️

      2. Oh thank you so much my friend your support means so much. Hugs, love and coffee coming at you my friend. Love 💕 Joni

    1. It is isn’t it. They have a gorgeous magazine. They have been very kind to me. It is an honor to be published. I am glad you like the venue my friend. I hope that you are doing well and feeling inspired today. I love your post they always make me smile. I haven’t had as much time to work on line lately but it is wonderful to hear from you. Sending you love, hugs and dancing fairies on your coffee ☕️ this morning and a swim with doggies. ❤️💕🌹😘Joni

  7. Sometimes we have to leap outside of our boundaries to readjust and reset, imagine color abstractions of people and of places Joni, your writings are worded escapes of therapy relief from emotional maladies of worry and sorrow sorrows. Your words are a comfort to many. Spillwords is a beautiful site, too many errors messages and lockouts. So I am posting here, that which I could not do on Spillwords.

    1. Oh thank you my friend. That really means a lot too mean, what a kind and thoughtful comment. “Your writings are worded escapes of therapy relief from emotional maladies of worry and sorrow” what a beautiful thing to say my friend. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, it means the world to me. Love and many hugs coming your way and thanks again. May your day be amazing my friend. Love ya Joni

    1. I just loved that photograph, what a wonderful photographer. My talent is not nearly that advanced. Thank you for the kind compliment and I am delighted you liked it. Have a blessed weekend. Hugs 🤗 Joni

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    1. Thank you so much for the gracious repost my friend. Spillwords Press NYC has some amazing poetry. Thank you for sharing my poem. Have a blessed day my friends. Love ❤️💕☕️☕️Joni

    1. Thank you my friend on both accounts really appreciated. Sending you some southern morning glories and gardenias to fill your home with sweet, natural scents. ❤️💕💖Joni

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