Drink of Despair

Poem by Joni Caggiano – painting by Joseph Edward Southall – unsplash

oh, how thee has driven shards of blackened, soulless glass
into this faithful heart, for which you had so declared to love
to seize a life, from your beloved child, which was so cherished
knotted hair with anise and coriander lingered, and roses placed therein
hence the sun will set, but only once more for me, upon our lovers’ hill
father, you will find me dead upon this cold, dark and shadowed floor
never will I love another, my flesh will wither on a browning vine
you took the man betrothed to me, the man who would be mine

65 thoughts on “Drink of Despair

    1. Thank you Francisco it is so nice to hear from you.

      Thank you for your very kind words my friend. I am so pleased you enjoyed this piece.

      Thank you always for your support my friend. I hope you and your wife are doing well. We are still in lockdown here and so we find beauty and love in all that God has blessed us with. You two be blessed my friend. Sending you both love ❤️ 💕🌺🌸Joni

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      1. Oh I am so glad to hear it. We are in some serious heat here as well. I hope you and your wife were able to get away for a while by the water. We have talked about doing the same in a place that is not crowded at all. So glad to hear all is well with you two. Thank you for the kind note my friend. Hugs, love and prayers coming your way from our little corner of the south. ❤️💕🤗Joni

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      2. Yes, we are leaving, I will not be here next week, will take our holiday and go to a little cove on the Mediterranean where there are not that many people and just refresh and renew. Wishing you and your husband a lovely rest of the summer with our love and peace,
        Francisco

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      3. Oh I am so glad to hear it. What a blessing for the two of you. You both obviously work very hard. It sounds wonderful my friend. Thank you for your sweet well wishes. Have an amazing time the two of you. Sending our love back. ❤️Joni

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  1. This is succulent! Beautifully crafted with archaic verbiage and a sense of soliloquy, we feel the beckoned call of one who seeks solace in the arms of her own demise. Wonderfully tragic and haunting, like a stain from a not well-remembered night. Some of your best, Jonikns! Well written!

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    1. Thank you so much Brad. I am overwhelmed by your praise and always so delighted to get lovely feedback from you. This is humbling and truly appreciated. Thank you so much Brad for your support.

      “This is succulent! Beautifully crafted with archaic verbiage and a sense of soliloquy,”

      You have certainly made my day my friend. Hope you have an amazing weekend for you surely just made mine.

      Sending love to you Brad. ❤️💕🤗💖 Jonikins

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I appreciate your support and comments very much. Yes I do have lots of pain from my past I can pull from and lots of love and grace from the last twenty some years as well. We gain something from painful experiences.
      During my most difficult years I did some of my best writing I think but I was very young. You are a perceptive young woman my friend. By the way I love your red hair. I have always thought red hair was gorgeous. Thanks again and have a truly blessed day. ❤️Love Joni

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    1. Thank you my dear Button. I am so glad you liked it dear friend.

      “Profound and really beautiful. I am in awe.”

      Thank you Button. Sending you love ❤️ hugs and a reminder to let the fairies go tonight. They need their rest. Watch out for a fairy circle in the morning mist tomorrow. They will have left hand made gifts for you under each delicate mushrooms.
      Love you Button🤗💕❤️🧚🏻🧚‍♀️🧚🏻Honeybun

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and your kind comments. I know how crazy busy you are. I am so delighted you liked it my friend.

      “A masterpiece! Brilliantly written Joni”

      Thanks again and have an amazing day my friend. Sending flowers 💐 and fairies to sing tonight under the half 🌙 moon. Love ❤️☕️☕️🧚🏻🧚‍♀️Joni

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    1. You are kind to read my poetry Anna thank you for your support. I found the painting first and then read the story behind the painting. A woman was in love with a man her father didn’t approve of so he cut out the man’s heart and his daughter drank poison. That is were that idea came from. Thank you for you comments Anna. They are really appreciated. Glad you liked it Anna. Love ya my friend. ❤️💕

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    1. Thank you my friend. I am glad you liked it. I always appreciate your support. Hope all is well with you. We are living in such strange times and I find myself feeling grateful for every blessing. Take great care. Love to you and your loved ones. 💕❤️😘love Joni

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      1. I would love to look at both blogs. Thank you. I am on the road after a lovely get away. It will probably be tomorrow before I can really read your work. I would love the links. Thank you my friend. Love ❤️ Joni

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  2. I have come back to this piece several times. It is gorgeous and the emotion is heart wrenching. Again, such a stunning combination of words. I loved
    “knotted hair with anise and coriander lingered, and roses placed therein”
    wow. Beautiful work!

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    1. I weave my past sadnesses into my work. It is a big compliment to me that you read this piece several times. Thank you for all your kind and supportive words. I am blessed today and for two plus decades now I have been with the love of my life. However I have had much sadness in my life. I grew from my challenges in my childhood and teenage years but I still draw from those feelings as a poet. Have a magical day my friend. Love ❤️ to you. Joni 🤗💕

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