Heart of The Water

Poem by Joni Caggiano – Beautiful Photograph by Jung Ho Park

You held my heart in a cage underwater for a year
Mermaids spent time loving and entertaining my spirit
Did you save even the smallest bit of fondness for me
Was it because my skin was blue or because
Yellow flowers would spring from cement cracks where I would walk

My face was a ruby to you that first year
When you did occasionally make love to me
Seams would come apart in my body
Glue could not contain my passion or desire for moreΒ 
Like a puppet, I did appear, for I surrendered to you my youth, and my joy

In time the lock on the cage did rust
My heart now beats to the rhythm of the sea, and I feel love
In an old green bottle, I place a perfect black pearl inside
A mermaid took it to the shore and put it in your boat
For centuries my heart unrestrained, now happily, can float

42 thoughts on “Heart of The Water

  1. JONI!!! Wow. WOW!!! I LOVE this poem! Going back to read it again….but…WOW! So beautiful! Thank You! Sending You much Love and Huge hugs!!! πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ˜Š

      1. Gosh! My complete pleasure! It’s fun getting to know Your amazing words…they have a similar effect on me that beautiful Gabriela’s do: transportive…wonderfully so!!! And yes! We all have our blue moments/times/seasons! πŸ’™βœŒπŸ½πŸ€—β€οΈπŸŒ€

      2. Thank you dear Katy. I appreciate your kind words they are a blessing to me. Gabriela is a rare bird, I am flattered immensely that you even compared my writing to hers. It is my belief that Gabriela will be an extremely famous poet one day. She has such a wonderful gift and a very loving heart. Sending you much love and many hugs this Monday morning. β€οΈπŸ’•πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ€—πŸ˜˜ Have a bright and glorious day on your island. ❀️Joni

      3. My pleasure! I meant it. And Isn’t she a rare bird?!!! She truly does have a wonderful gift, and a very loving heart topped off with so much humility and kindness. Sending Love and hugs Your way as well! πŸ’–πŸŒ€πŸ˜Š

      4. Thank you my dear friend. Sending so much love your way. She is a rare bird indeed. Hugs too. πŸ˜˜πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈJoni

    1. Oh thank you sweet Anna. You are a jewel of a friend. You are so supportive and loving. Thank you for reading and I am glad you liked it. I think you and I understand each other in many ways. We are perceptive folks due to our history. I do so much appreciate your friendship. Hope you are having a relaxing Sabbath. Love ya πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈπŸ˜˜Joni

      1. God introducers us to special people when he feels we need to cross paths. I really love that about God. Have a great evening my friend. Love ❀️ you Anna.

  2. Dear Joni,
    Such beautiful sentiments and so well crafted drawing in our hearts to the beauty of the blue beautiy that asked for so little and got so much less and yet to feel the freedom delivered in the release of the black pearl to being a genie in a bottle while you floated out to sea in the green bottle. Lovely morning read, Thank you! ❀️❀️❀️ Cindy

    1. Oh thank you my dear friend. I am so delighted that you not only totally got the meaning of the poem but you also gleaned the release with the pearl and how my heart was finally freed. Thank you so much dear friend. What a loving joy for me this morning brought by that desire to be understood. Bless you my friend. Have a great week. Love you πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈπŸ˜˜Joni

      1. You are so welcome Dear Joni!! It makes me happy to know rthat it touched your heart and that I got your intended delivery. I am so glad you feel that free and can soar. YOu deserve that. Thanks Joni and bless and love you so! β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ€—β€οΈ Cindy

      2. Thank you my dear friend. You are such a sweetheart, and blessed me so today. Thank you so much. Have an amazing evening. Love you Joni

    1. Tiffany I hope you got my message about your like button not working a day ago. It is working fine today. Thank you so much my friend for your sweet and gracious comments my dear friend. Sending you special breads and ice creams made from fairies who hold multiple degrees in life. πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈπŸ§šβ€β™€οΈπŸ§šβ€β™€οΈπŸ§šβ€β™€οΈπŸ§šβ€β™€οΈlove you to pieces. Joni

  3. My dearest honeybun. This is a superb piece. The finale is glorious. Actually every line in this poem is a gem. There is pain, beauty, and liberation. It was then, and yet the writing is as vivid as everything is happening now. I am in love with this poem.

    Sending you hugs and flowers.
    Love you

    1. Oh thank you dearest Button. Words as sweet as the dew on moon flowers as they bloom only once to share in the light given off by the moon.

      β€œActually every line in this poem is a gem. There is pain, beauty, and liberation.”

      Such sweet words my friend and they are making me feel truly appreciated. You understood the poem perfectly. Thank you so much. When we write from the heart it is so satisfying and I know you understand what I mean.

      Thank you for reading dear Button. I can’t imagine how you get everything done unless you just work lots of all nighters. Please take extra care of yourself my friend as that pesky virus is back again. I keep you in my prayers.

      Sending love, hugs and prayers. Love you bunches, Honeybun πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈπŸ§šβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜

      1. Honeybun, it’s an exceptional piece. I am so glad that I got to read it. I hope you are well sweetheart and your writing is going well.
        As for me I slept two hours last night. I have so much work to do and the fatigue caught up with me.
        I can’t wait for the semester to be over. What else can I say?
        Sending you love
        G (Button)

      2. Dearest Button you much get more sleep. I worry about you balancing everything. Please get more rest. I don’t have to tell you that when our bodies are run down and we get sick with even a bad cold it has such a worsening outcome then three days feeling crappy. Love to you sweet Button. Love and hugs and lightening bugs coming your way. They will provide dancing in your bedroom tonight while you watch you will fall asleep early as they will put sleepy dust in those pretty eyes of yours. Please get some sleep.
        Love you bunches,

      3. Love ❀️ you Button. Hope you are sound asleep having wonderful dreams.

    1. Oh thank you so much my friend. You are very kind. It pleases me that you enjoyed the piece and your sweet words bless me. Hope you have an amazing evening. Blessings to you and all those loved ones you hold dear. Love Joni

  4. Wow Joni! What a fun, real and mythical story. Metaphorically, the bottle on the shelf has many meanings, for many mermaids, fairies, princesses and queens who lost their way through the stormy canals of life. Your writing is really an enjoyable, lovely food for thought! All hats, crowns and hearts out to you Joni. Love AOC πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸŽΌβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words they mean so much to me.

      β€œYour writing is really an enjoyable, lovely food for thought!”

      That is pretty sweet and you are gracious to read my work. Seriously it honestly means a lot to me. You understand much about what I write.
      I hope your day is full of special kindnesses, tender love and kisses from a turtle dove. Please enjoy the coffee made by the fairies who help out with America blended coffees. πŸ€—πŸ’•β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ§šβ€β™€οΈπŸ§šβ€β™€οΈπŸ§šβ€β™€οΈπŸ¦‹Joni

      1. Oh you are so fun and your writings reflect your true heart. I think our next life will truly allow us to journey deeper into one another’s hearts. That is so deeply spiritual and fascinating! )))❀️(((

      2. Thank you for that kind thought my friend.

        Oh yes I believe so much that this is true. All the extra stuff created by society and just our nature will be gone and we will be lights of love meeting and loving everyone we meet. I truly believe that also. What an amazing time to look forward to experiencing.
        β€οΈπŸ’•πŸ€—love y’all Joni

      3. We are beyond flesh! The power that is coming forth we I’ll awaken every man to seek his highest potential which can only be found in God! Once I met a very spiritual woman who told me that the buzz word in Heaven is God! I do hope you’re having a blessed and wonderful weekend dear friend. πŸŒΊπŸ’—β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

      4. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and I am grateful for my blessings on earth and I also work hard to be grateful for my sorrows and pain but I do look forward to being in heaven. As nothing we could begin to imagine or read about in Revelations will ever prepare us for what glorious things we will see. Yes my friend I am having a lovely weekend and I hope you are too. Have a blessed Sabbath. Love and hugs. β€οΈπŸ’•πŸ€—Joni

    1. πŸ˜˜πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ§œπŸ½πŸ§œπŸ½ It feels good sometimes to write about fantasy and ways we like to picture things. My imagination takes me there a lot. I hope all is well with you and your family. Hugs dear friend. πŸ˜˜πŸ€—πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈπŸ§šβ€β™€οΈLove Joni

    1. Thank you kind Katy. I appreciate your support. I can’t imagine all the projects you must have going on. Sending lots of love. πŸ’•β€οΈπŸ§œβ€β™€οΈπŸ§œπŸ½Joni

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