Wisdom From Heartache

Poem written by Joni Caggiano on 07/16/20 – Beautiful Painting, a big thank you to Will Hendrik

the in-between time held out her hand and offered hope
whispering my name through her honey and lavender breath
hovering beside her were hummingbirds and white doves
joyfulness bled blue, my heartbeats held in a glass treasure box
hanging from silk threads, like cotton candy, around her long neck
taking her hand, she flew me into the realm of the great oaks of my youth
she sang glorious, floating notes, with closed lips, as I saw myself below
a sad child besieged with grief, eating a dirt cake, and talking to an old doll
weeping willows underneath us were drowning in their own tears of sorrow
shadows of myself growing up on that sandy land spread before me now
crying sorrowfully, she wiped my tender tears with her massive wing
and thrust them with unrivaled strength into the vastness of the sky
everywhere they rested, a star was born in the vast, cobalt, blue universe
adversity is born to us for wisdom, and so we will cling to our blessings
colors of the sunrise were emerging, so she flew me back to my warm bed
the in-between time is closing, “but don’t forget a single word I’ve said”

59 thoughts on “Wisdom From Heartache

    1. You are just so kind to me my friend. Thank you John for all your kindness and lovely support. Sending love, hugs and fresh blueberry muffins. 🤗❤️💕

      1. I wish I could share one with you and a great cup of coffee and as we say in the South “we could sit down awhile and chew the fat.” We could swap stores that would be fun. Have a blessed night dear friend. Love y’all 💕❤️Joni

  1. Your words touches my heart, Joni.
    Such a beautiful poem.
    “Adversity is born to us for wisdom, and so we will cling to our blessings”.
    Loved those words. So beautifully penned.
    Thanks for sharing, Joni. ❤

    1. Thank you my friend. God tells us to basically be appreciative of our hardships. I really try to do this even when it is very hard. 2nd Corinthians chapter 12, verse 8 “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. “. This is God talking to Paul, When Paul is talking about the thorn in his flesh and he is asking God to take it away. I love this verse. Have a blessed evening my friend. Love 💕 Joni

      1. You are so welcome but you got the message out. Spreading God’s work in helpful tips. Bravo to you. Seriously. ❤️💕

  2. Beautiful words. A creative way to paint an encounter with an Angel in a dream, clearly ignititing memories of the past and wisdom gained. I love it. Hope you’ve been well.

    1. Hi there, so nice to hear from you my friend. Thank you for your reading and commenting and yes you certainly did get the poem. All about pain producing appreciation and wisdom. Also God’s protection during my childhood. I have been well, how kind of you to ask. I hope you and your family are all well and blessed. Thank you for your kind words they mean a lot. Love to you and yours. ❤️💕🤗 Joni

      1. Hey, I’m glad to hear you are well. The love and good wishes are well received. Appreciating the beautiful, deep poem. Sending love and joy. 😊

      2. Thank you so much for your kind words my friend. Thank you for your love 💕 and well wishes. Sending more right back. Love 💕 Joni

  3. So gorgeously written💕💕 I loved this piece 🌺🌺

    “joyfulness bled blue, my heartbeats held in a glass treasure box
    hanging from silk threads, like cotton candy, around her long neck”
    I love these lines♥️♥️

    “everywhere they rested, a star was born in the vast, cobalt, blue universe
    adversity is born to us for wisdom, and so we will cling to our blessings”
    So really sublime♥️

    This poem touched my heart. I have saved this for later, will read it again to unravel the hidden meanings💖 Thank you for this splendid piece🌹
    Sending love, hugs, blessings your way♥️ Also some Gulmohar flowers, I love them. Hope you love them too🌸
    Love you Joni❣

    1. Oh dearest Ishita you say the kindest things about my writing. It touches me profoundly. Thank you for the beautiful exotic flowers and all your truly gracious words.

      This poem is very personal dear friend. It is about how my childhood which was very painful was God’s way of preparing me for the beauty and love I would experience some day. Also to teach me to cherish the goodness he blessed me with so often. The stars are gifts I have already received in my life. The angel was God watching over me during those dangerous years as a child. I hope this explains what the poem means to me but each poem is different for everyone.

      Sending love back to you my sweet friend and gardenias. I love you too my friend. Sending hugs and blessings. Joni ❤️💕🌸🌺

      1. You deserve it my friend❣😘 It is absolutely my pleasure💖

        This explains the meaning of the poem Joni, definitely does. And yes, sometimes we cannot asses it but even when God gives us pain, and harsh experiences, it is for a reason. A reason we get to know about later. Yes, every poem is different for everyone. I didn’t know your painful childhood and the learning from it was the basis of this piece. But I think, the message of learning from pain, and the “wisdom from heartache” was evident and touched my heart♥️♥️♥️

        Thank you for the beautiful gardenias, they are lovely🌸🌸
        Ishita 💞

      2. Thanks my friend. I so agree that every poem has a different meaning to each reader. I am extremely intuitive so some times I can figure out a poem but often I have my own interpretation. I think that is one of the biggest blessings of reading beautifully poetry. I am glad you liked the gardenias. I use to wear them behind my ear in my hair when I was in my teens. You are a sweet soul Ishita, I feel so blessed to know you. Love you ❤️💕Joni

      3. I totally agree!! The very fact that different people have different interpretations of the same poem, is just so fascinating and beautiful🤩

        Oh, that must have looked so pretty🌸
        You are yourself so really sweet and kind and supportive ♥️♥️♥️💞 I feel so lucky to know you💗 In fact, when I read your previous comment, I was in a very irritable mood(a very busy day), but as soon as I read your sweet words, I felt calm immediately; I’m being absolutely honest❣❣
        Love you loads dearest friend ♥️

      4. Oh that is wonderful Ishita we should be able to spread love and goodwill. Your comments always make me happy and that is a fact. Your like the bright star in the sky my friend. 🤗❤️💕 love you my sweet friend. Joni

    1. Thank you dear Francisco. I am grateful you liked it my friend. Thank you for reading and commenting too. I hope you and your other half have a blessed day in Spain today. Love to you both. ❤️💕🌸🌞Joni

    1. Good morning Brad. Thank you for your generous words and kind support my friend. I am delighted you liked this piece. I hope you have a magnificent day. Sending you love, hugs and lots of laughter. I laugh more now than I ever have and it just feels so good. ❤️💕😘

    1. Yes, hello there we are doing great and are enjoying our summer as best we can. It is very hot in NC. It has been in the 90’s here. We are also on lockdown. My husband and I are just very grateful we have each other. Hope you and your loved ones are all well. So nice to hear from you. Sending love and blessings back. ❤️💕🤗Joni

  4. Oh, I love this my dearest honeybun. It’s rich. It has wisdom, beauty, sorrow, hope. It touches the heart. It has depth like your beautiful soul.
    I am so mesmerized by your writings Joni. You are fabulous.
    Sending you lots of love and blessings for the weekend.
    G (Button)

    1. Hi beautiful Button. How wonderful to hear from you. I hope you are still on vacation.

      Thank you for you sweet comment my dear friend. It really does mean so much to me. Makes my day your sweet words are like honey.

      “It has wisdom, beauty, sorrow, hope. It touches the heart. It has depth like your beautiful soul.”

      I love your sweet support Button. You have been on my mind a lot. I wonder if you know how you will be teaching this upcoming year and hope that you will be ok with what ever the decision is and that your new students will be too. I feel badly for everyone who is in limbo with their work.

      Be blessed my dear friend and hope you are finding time to write more glorious work for your new book. I am excited to see another sneak peek as I am sure others are. I am not a very patient person. I will just have to wait like everyone else to buy the new book.

      Take care, sending you lots of love, buckets of flowers and a river of flowers. Love you honeybun 💕❤️🌸🌺🌹

      1. My pleasure honeybun and thank you for such a marvelous reply. You are very talented and you deserve plenty of accolades.
        Indeed, there are many uncertainties in my life at this point but I have to trust that everything will be sorted out.
        My next book will probably be ready next year sweetheart. I can’t do it faster. Your encouragement and your support mean a lot.
        Thank you for the love and the flowers. Right back to you honeybun.

      2. My prayers will be with you. I hope all will be sorted soon and you and your students will be pleased. Writing so many gorgeous poems takes a long time. I will be patient my dearest Button. Love honeybun. ❤️💕🌸🌺🌹🌷😘

  5. I like your updated header pic. Nice! I especially like your Childhood Photos page. Aw…such lovely treasure shots. Especially the one with your grandmother. Precious!

    1. Oh thank you how very kind. Yes I loved my sweet grandmother. Thank you very much for your thoughtful words they mean a lot. Love and hugs to you my friend. ❤️💕Joni

    1. Thank you Anna you are very gracious with your words of support and they mean so much. It is a blessing to meet a fellow survivor who understands that path. Love 💕💕❤️ Joni

  6. A beautiful poem, Joni! Emotional with highs and lows and colors and places that allowed me to hear you intensely! For those without feelings or a heart, you gave yours! Awesome! 💕🌺💕☕️☕️☕️

    1. Good morning my dear friend. I want to thank you for your very kind words they mean a lot to me. This was so beautifully written I am wondering if your not a poet yourself. I know how busy you are and still you read my work. Thank you and I hope you have an awesome Wednesday. Love ya ❤️💕🤗🌸😘Joni

  7. This is just so hauntingly beautiful Joni. On the night I first went to AA I had an experience of being held by angels it was so powerful.. so this really resonated with me but the way you expressed it is out of this world.. and I had that image on a card once too, it as lovely to see it again. Lots of love <3

    1. Thank you my friend for the truly lovely comment, it is appreciated. What a wonderful experience for you to share. Thank you for that. I think when we are at our most vulnerable, that this is when we are likely to see angels. I am so glad you had such an amazing experience. I feel in love with that picture of that angel as soon as I saw it. Glad you liked it too. Lots of love to you as well. Stay safe my friend. Joni

    1. Oh, thank you so much for this kindness my friend. We are surely blessed when we have an encounter with an angel of protection. What a gift and blessing you experienced my friend! Love Joni xoxoxo

      1. Oh thank you so much. What a comfort too and I appreciate you my friend. Hugs back, you are a blessing as well. Love you 🦋❤️Joni

  8. Dear Joni
    Your post leaves me short of words . The intensity of raw brutal anguish and the resilience to emerge out of such horrific memories and pain is remarkable.
    These days I am not too well so am off WordPress I hope to be able to reconnect soon . I would love to visit your blog and remain connected .💕💕💕

    1. Thank you Veena for reading my work and commenting. It means a lot to me. I was so touched by your post and your photography.

      I am so sorry you are not well my friend. I will stay in touch and I will pray for your health to get better soon. You are a light in the darkness bringing awareness to others of the extraordinary poverty that exist. Thank you for what you do. I pray you grow stronger soon. Love ❤️ to you. Joni

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