Butterfly Kisses

Poem by Joni Caggiano – Photography by Toa Heftiba with Unsplash

Light from the sun caresses a spider web.
Moving gently, it creates a prism of dancing light.
Black-capped chickadees pluck yellow moths from overgrown ivy.
Like vivid green lace, it creates the lifeline of the small screen porch.
Cycles of life are seen from our bed, awakening with the yellow-orange of sunrise.
Our nest is warm with notions and promises of intemperate love.
Long lashes enhance the emerald windows to your soul.
Your muscular torso leans over my naked face with childlike tenderness.
My big browns are sleepy.
You place feather-like brushes on my forehead and cheeks.
Tickling my young flesh, I ask, what you are doing?
You tell me they are a gift of butterfly kisses.
Tears open up well-used doors.
My weeping leaves trails of salty passion.
Shaking uncontrollably, you beg me not to cry.
Such a kindhearted utterance these ears have never heard.
Grasping this moment in my heart forever,
into a blue silken scarf
I lay your feathered kisses.
Just in case
I am dreaming.

95 thoughts on “Butterfly Kisses

    1. Than you Brad I appreciate your kind words my dear friend. Sending lots of love, hugs and chocolates with poems imprinted on each side. Love โค๏ธ Jonikins

    1. Thank you David I really appreciate your kindness and am so glad you liked the poem. Sending love, hugs, and blessings my friend. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒนJoni

  1. So dreamy and heart warming. A beautiful illustration of warmth and love. I trust that life has kept you warm in the last few weeks.

    1. Oh you are so kind my friend. I am blessed indeed with my husbandโ€™s love and Godโ€™s love. My husband could use prayers as he lost his mom last Friday and he has yet to lose someone close to him before. I hope your family is well my friend. Love, hugs and blessings to you and yours. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™

      1. So sorry to hear about the loss. May you and your husband find peace and feel comforted. Sending prayers, love and healing to your family. ๐ŸŒป

      2. Oh thank you so much. We are grateful for your prayers dear friend. We appreciate your prayers so much. Blessings to your family as well. ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธLove to your family, Joni

  2. Into a blue silken scarf
    I lay your feathered kissed
    Just in case
    I am dreaming

    So touching! Wanting to capture the moment and hold it forever. And who would not want to? Such a beautiful and loving moment it is โค๏ธ I love your work.

    1. Thank you so much my dear, sweet friend. Jill I appreciate this very kind comment so much. So glad you enjoyed this piece. Sending lots of love to you and your wonderful and supportive family. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜Joni

    1. Thank you so very much Navin. I am so glad you liked it. I had never heard of or experienced a butterfly kiss until I met my husband. It touched me so deeply I cried. Thank you for reading my kind friend. Sending you love. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’•

      1. How wonderful….that emotion can be felt through your beautiful lines….enjoy every moment, my friend ๐Ÿ’™โœจ๐Ÿ˜Š

      2. Thank you so much Navin, I am sorry I did not see this before. I see that it has been in my spam for 11 days. I have had 15 total comments I did not see and I feel terrible when this happens. So forgive the late response and know that all your kindness and your sweet words are always treasured and appreciated. Love you Joni

      3. Don’t worry at all, my friend….it has happened to me as well….you’re welcome for responding….have a wonderful day โœจ

  3. How beautifully uttered my dear closer than far friend. What a tender and healing exchange. There is nothing better than butterfly kisses. You are a beautiful soul inside and out with smiley eyes and lips and a loving heart. Happy Valentines day dear friend. โค๏ธโŒ๐Ÿฅฐ

    1. Oh thank you dearest closer than far one. You are so sweet, Happy Valentines Day to you. Thank you for your kind words. By the way I really loved the break exercises you did on your video. They are great. I am trying to do better with my stretching and moving. You are such a great example of good physical health. I canโ€™t believe how you were able to bend your body up to that post. Amazing. You should really be proud of yourself. I bet your beautiful kids are very proud of their mom. Thank you for your sweet words I feel like you are a beautiful piece of sunshine inside and out. You absolutely glow. Sending big hugs and love to you. You are my new action hero. I was just really doing my biking at night but it isnโ€™t enough. Thanks for motivating us. ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹ love you Cindy, Joni

      1. You’re soooo welcome dear one.. Thanks so much and you’re sooo welcome.
        Oh I’m so glad and it’s so easy to sneak in. Thank you so much. That stretch was a little tough but I try to practice everyday. You are so kind. They love to make fun of me so who knows for sure what they think.. lol so it’s nice to hear from you.
        Aww yhou recognize it because beautiy is who you are and we reflect each other. That’s so sweet. Good you are doing your biking and thanks for letting me help with your motivation.
        Love you too Joni! Happy Days ahead..
        โŒโญ•๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜ Cindy

      2. Yes indeed dearest Cindy. Trust me your kids are proud of their mother. There is an awfully lot to be proud of. You stay safe and healthy. I love you. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—โค๏ธJoni

      3. Oh thanks Joni.. they say I am crazy with the blogosphere but you and I know different!!
        you you are soooo kind. so much love, chocolate, flowers and hearts to you!!! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

    1. Thank you so much and thank you for reading. My husband gave me my first butterfly kiss. I thought it was so sweet it made me cry. I am glad you liked it. Love โค๏ธ to you and all of your loved ones too. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ

    1. Thank you so much Francisco. I am glad you liked the poem. Thank you so much for your kind support. Grateful for all your kind wishes my friends. Sending back many prayers for blessings. ๐Ÿ’•โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—Joni

    1. Thank you so much Tiffany. I so appreciate your reading me. I am so glad you liked the piece. Thank you sweet friend.
      Happy Valentines Day to you sweet Tiffany. Sending you love, hugs and fairies to sing to you while you do your beautiful art pieces. They love the blues too, so music always makes them more creative. Love you ๐Ÿ’•โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—Joni

    1. Oh thank you so much kind friend. I appreciate your very kind comment. Love and blessings to you and your family. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜

    1. Thank you dearest Anna. I am so glad you liked the poem. Wishing you a special and blessed day as well. I am sending lots of love, blessings and prayers to you sweet Anna. I love you. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™Joni

    1. Thank you so much for the sweet kindness my friend. Happy Valentines Day to you as well. Sending love and blessings to you ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™ Joni

    1. Hello my sweet friend. Hope all is well. Thank you so much for reading. I am touched by your very gracious words. You touched my heart. Thank you so very much Colleen, I am so glad you liked it.
      Sending love, hugs, flowers and kisses dear friend. Love you ๐Ÿ˜˜ Joni

    1. Thank you so much my kind friend. I am so glad you liked it. Thank you for your extremely kind words. Have a blessed day. Love and hugs, Joni ๐Ÿ’•โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜˜

    1. Thank you so much John I really appreciate that it means a lot to me. I also really enjoy all of your work itโ€™s very sweet and comforting to read your stories. Sending much love hugs and blessings Joni ๐Ÿ’•โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜˜

    1. Oh thank you so much for reading and commenting. It really does mean so much to me. Sending love, hugs and blessings for an amazing weekend. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—โค๏ธJoni

  4. MY LORD!!! Beautiful Joni, what a morning You’re gifting me. I read a poem….some rapid fire….others a line at a time with lots of gazing breaths in between….staring out at the garden….diving back in. My heart has been burst wide-open. Barrage of crazy beauty. It’s SOOOO much and all simply amazing. Wow. Ok. Off to the next. Thank You for all of this. Sending so much Love Your way!!! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

    1. Oh kind Katy thank you so much. I appreciate you very much my friend. Thank you so much for taking time to read and comment. One post would have been gracious but every post I was not expecting. Hope you are well and will be posting more of your lovely work very soon. Canโ€™t wait. Love you ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ‰Joni

      1. You sweet, lovely, silly rabbit!!! It’s BEYOND my pleasure!!! Love You too!!! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ!

      2. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

    1. Thank you dear friend I so appreciate your reading and your kind comments. Blessings to you, love and hugs. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ and of course some hot coffee โ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ

      1. You’re always welcome friend. It’s my pleasure. Sending love and hugs. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—โค๐Ÿ’–

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