Secrets of Savannah

Photograph by Joni in Savannah – Poem by Joni – This poem is dedicated to Katy at forresting my cloud for making me smile with her happy paintings and poetry (51 second read)

timeworn, grey hair hangs curly by your wrinkled sides
which weave lines much like an old map of forgotten places
low to the ground as your limbs stretch out
from your vast insides where your substance lay
and the truth of your years we can easily see
for your secrets will never be in season, sweet Savannah
I sit at a cafΓ© dressed up in yellow and blue
ordering collards, mustard greens, and the low country boil
your bottles of vinegar and hot sauce stir the sticky air
I lick my fingers as I salivate while tasting hot shrimp
the country boil still simmers in the middle of the table for two
sun barely hanging in the noose as her orange sunset tells lies
secrets born long ago in the brazen shadows of the dead
the cobbled streets and paved lots hide the graves of the poor
food in my stomach warms me as I head toward the black water
a lady of the night, I stay close to the edge of the dark stir
too much breast exposed and my red dress missing too many buttons
I also will simmer in my own juices like the country boil
made from the shrimp, crab, and the fresh catch of the day

54 thoughts on “Secrets of Savannah

    1. Thank you Tim I really appreciate your kind words. I do think this city has the most mysterious feel to it and it is beautiful. You would have fun taking photographs there. Love to you and your honey. πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈπŸ˜˜Joni

    1. Thank you my friend. You are too kind to me. Hope you are well and finding things to do. I appreciate your introduction to many excellent writers. That is a real kindness. Sending you buckets of flowers to make your house smell amazing. Love β€οΈπŸ€—πŸ’–Joni

      1. My pleasure my friend. I sent morning glories because they are still blooming here and they smell so sweet. Love ❀️ Joni πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈπŸ’πŸ’

    1. Thank you so much my friend. The city is like this with beautiful statues and lots of history wherever you look. This is not unfortunately the norm for the US. We tear too many things down instead of preserving our history. Have an amazing day. Love ❀️ to you and your loved ones. Joni

    1. Thank you Francisco. I really appreciate your kind words. I was definitely going for haunting and mysterious as that is how I see this place. Here is actually a place with history. It is almost 300 years old. You would have fun with your camera in this city. Love to you and your wife my friend. πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈJoni

  1. Just one fabulous line after another. This is beautifully written and places the reader directly in the middle of the world you have created. Great imagery and metaphor. One of your best for me!

    1. Oh Brad you made my day my kind friend. Thank you so much for your sweet compliments Brad. If you think I have done well I am tickled pink. Thank you again my friend. Sending you buckets of chocolate tied with gold ribbons. You can melt them and they double as ink for your special pen. Love ya Joni πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈ

  2. WOW!!! Oh. Beautiful Joni! Thank You so very much! And this is profound on so many levels. You captured the deep South in many dimensions and through such eyes of Love. The beautiful simplicity, the pain, the sensuality….the mysteries. This brought tears to my eyes. Sending huge hugs and so much Love Your way!!! πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸ€—

    1. You are most welcome my friend. I am so delighted you liked the piece dear Katy. I didn’t get to it until later in the day so I am glad it came out ok. You are welcome. You don’t need any help as you are a remarkable poet and delicious painter. Your happy work can inspire and help people who are sad right now because of all the craziness in our world. Sending you lots of love and hugs my friend. I will look forward to reading and looking at every poem many times. I have had someone extraordinary help me out and hopefully some new people will see your gorgeous work. It will bless them. Love ❀️ Joni πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ§šπŸ»πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈ

      1. Gosh….and wow. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for this amazing sweetness!!! Sending so much Love You way, beautiful Joni!!! πŸ€—β€οΈπŸŒŠπŸ’–πŸ˜ŠπŸ§šπŸ½πŸŒ»!

      2. My pleasure my friend your work brings such a happy smile to my heart. Your poetry is so beautiful and inspiring. Your paintings are so lovely and they make me feel happy just by looking at them. Have an incredible day on your fairy island. Love y’all

      3. Thank You! I hope Ya’ll have an amazing weekend as well! And…YES!!! That’s a BIG 10-4 on all pesky little biting beings of the bug realm!!! 🀣 Love You, too! πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ˜Š

    1. Oh thank you dear Tiffany. I am so glad you liked it. Savanna is a mysterious place that almost has an uncanny but wonderful feel to it. Hope you have a magnificent rest of your week my friend. Love and hugs πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ’•β€οΈJoni

    1. Thank you I am so glad you liked it. Savanna is truly beautiful. Sending love, hugs and lots of coffee. πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈπŸ˜˜β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

      1. Thank you so much you are very gracious and kind to me. Sending lots of love and coffee for in the morning. πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈJoni

      2. πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈπŸ§šβ€β™€οΈπŸ§šπŸ» Have a smashing morning with all kinds of music, loves from doggies, yummy breakfast food and great coffee. Courtesy of my fairy πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈ friends. Love y’all πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈJoni

    1. Thank you for the very kind reblog.
      You are gracious to me. Thank you. I hope your evening is blessed dear friend. Have an amazing rest of your week. Love ❀️ y’all to pieces. πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

      1. You are very welcome Joni. Have a relaxing, colorful day at writing more beautiful rainbow journeys for us. Sip up..β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ₯€πŸŒΊ

    1. Hello my friend. How very kind of you to ask. I have had a difficult time with an old cervical injury/surgery from an old water skiing accident. After twelve cortisone injections in my trapezii I have some relief.
      I truly hope you are well and all of your loved ones too. I feel very grateful to be blessed with a husband whom I love very much during this crazy period in all of our lives.
      I hope business is going well and life is blessing you too. Thank you so much for this kindness it is sincerely appreciated. Hugs and love to you and all those you love. ❀️Joni

  3. I loved the artwork and the story. I love roaming the old places. I roamed old New Orleans and many cities in Central and South American. Artwork tell stories and thank you dear Joni for sharing. Have fun and be safe.

    1. Will do, you too my friend. I went to New Orleans once in a business trip. That place is where you can literally feel the past. It is hard to describe but my guess is you have a story or two in your collection about that City too. Have a blessed weekend my friend. Love and hugs Joni β€οΈπŸ’•πŸ˜˜

      1. I do dear Joni. New Orleans, would be a great place to write a book. The city is ancient, filled with mystery and some tale. Would give you the energy to create.

      2. I totally agree. Not to mention all the characters there. How marvelous that would be. Have an amazing Saturday my friend. Love and hugs πŸ€— Joni πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈ

  4. So beautiful! I love Savannah, GA and its oaks dripping with Spanish moss! I was in Savannah in 1999. We stopped there on the way to Tybee Island and I feel in love with those huge trees and the moss hanging from them! It’s a place I’d love to retire to!

    1. I know aren’t they beautiful. I live in NC and I too fell in love. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Have an amazing evening. I hope I can go back soon. Love ❀️ and hugs Joni

  5. What a striking tribute to Savannah, Joni. Your portrait of the “lady of the night” is, also, haunting. Be blessed, my friend. Your life and your work are a gift to others. <3 <3 <3

    1. Thank you so much John I loved the sensation I got from this city. The place is beautiful as you say. I hope you met great folks while stationed there. Thanks for the introduction to the lovely writer today. Beautiful talent.
      You have an amazing day my friend sending love and extra hugs today because I think we can all use them. πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈJoni

    1. Oh thank you so very much for your kindness. It is really mystical and provoked many emotions for me. Glad you enjoyed the photo too. Have a truly wonderful week. Love ❀️ to you and all those you hold dear. πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹

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