River’s Song

I hide within her rolling peaks and float with ferns that line the river
Playing the snapping turtle’s shell pulsating sounds echo in rhythm
Scarlet Tanagers singing along with warblers from their thin branches
Water moccasins slither like ribbons in the wind close to her long lip
Young Blue-fronted Dancers perform a colorful salsa within her mist
Fearlessly I swim naked in her cool but thickly sheltered mossy bottom
Schools of minnows tickle my back as I float, eyes closed and listen
Tales of crickets and wise archaic catfish seep through the dark water
Sharing yarns with the oaks and sugar maples thick on limestone slopes
Melting with the color of the sunset my body turns into her extended arms
Rolling with her cadence millions of cicadas begin their striking chorus
Lightning bugs come out to dance with fairies that fill the trees at dusk
Climbing under a large oak, I lay on a stone that is still warm from the sun
God surrounds me, and my heart flies overhead as I soar with the river’s song

Written by Joni Caggiano 03/13/20

Photograph by Joni Caggiano

63 thoughts on “River’s Song

  1. This is so beautiful, so divine, my dearest Joni. It’s heaven and earth coming together in a single bliss. I am in love with this poem.
    May you have a beautiful day, hon. Just stay away of the water moccasins.
    Your talent shines and shines and shines..
    much love to you.

    1. Thank you so much Gabriela you have really humbled me with these words. I appreciate your kindness so much. Your sweet I use to swim where there were water moccasins all the time. God kept me safe. Water was an escape in a fantasy world for me. Thanks again for you kind words. Hope your weekend is blessed with lots of light and love. 😘😘 Much love to you Button.

      1. My pleasure sweetheart. Really a beautiful poem. Swim where there were water moccasins? Ouch… I had a big one on my back terrace last summer. I went on the terrace and first thing I noticed there were two elongated and magnificent green eyes. After a second or so I realized it was a humongous water moccasin and I ran in the house. Those eyes … I am telling you. He was just basking in the sun.

        “God kept me safe.” May God keep you safe always Joni.
        Love and hugs to you

      2. That must have been scary, they are very poisonous. I watched one chase my cousin in a pond once they are very aggressive. I would never do that now but we do crazy things as children and teenagers. May God keep you safe too beautiful Button. Love ya 😘😘

    1. Thank you sweet Bulbul. I appreciate your kind words so much. I am well and so pray you are well or quickly getting better. With love and prayers. Love you Joni

      1. Dearest Bulbul, I want you to know I would never ignore any comment on purpose. I found out today that I had 37 messages that were no longer in my notification folder because I have reached my limit of comments 2.8K and they can just drop off if I don’t watch my comments from my computer. I did not know this until today. So love to you my friend, I am also so grateful that TheFinestExample is doing so well, the magazine looks amazing. Great job my friend. Take care and again so sorry about this, I have tried to explain as best I can what happened. Love Joni

        My apologies, I didn’t see this comment until just now. I chatted with an accommodating person on WordPress for about an hour to understand how I could be missing comments.

        I found out today that WordPress limits the number of notifications you can have (a relatively small amount that’s not configurable). If I don’t respond to comments quickly (which includes new posts on every site I follow), it is likely to drop off. This means I won’t see a comment at all, as I have reached my limit, and the comment drops off.

        I should be able to bypass this limitation by checking the comment section of my WordPress account on the computer many times a day. Please accept my apology, and I sincerely hope you have a blessed and fantastic day!

      2. Oh my God, Joni! Don’t worry at all, dear. Being a user of wordpress, I too very well understand the technical glitches that arise out of various situations as a result of which things get missed sometimes.
        I never thought anything out of it. You are too sweet to worry about this.
        There is seriously no need for any apology whatsoever, I am sure we are much better friends than that.
        I hope you are able to rectify any technical problem that you are facing very soon.
        Love and hugs always!! πŸ€—πŸ’•β€πŸ™
        (PS; never ever worry about these trivial things, at least with me πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰)

      3. Oh sweet Bulbul, how kind and generous you always are. I am so glad you understand. I do love your sweet heart and am so glad you are so understanding. I hope it is fixed. I have to be very diligent in checking sever times a day for comments as I was told I had reach my limit 2.8 comments and they start to drop off after that. Hopefully that won’t happen again. Have a wonderful day my friend. Love and hugs to you and your loved ones. Joni. πŸ’•β€οΈπŸŒΊπŸ’–

      4. Believe me, dear, when I have friends like you it is super easy as I am learning from the best.πŸ€—πŸ™β€
        You too have an amazing day ahead, Joni! xoxo

      5. Oh Bulbul you are so kind. Thank you for your sweet words my friend, they mean so much. Be blessed. Sending lots of πŸ’• love and hugs πŸ€— Joni

  2. Gorgeous lines, as always, Joni! I wish I could think of the classical poet that your work reminds me of–I was an English Major, but I fear my brain has leaked most of the good stuff out πŸ™‚

      1. Humor is as essential as faith, right? A merry heart doeth good like a medicine!! Blessings on your Sabbath, too!! Much love πŸ’•

  3. Always your poems are so beautiful. Your picture is so serene, I just love it. You have so many talents. Love you dear friend

    1. You are so sweet my dear Janette. Thank you for always being my supportive and loving friend. I hope you will provide some more photography again that we can feature. People enjoyed your creative work. Have a blessed week buddy. We will talk soon. Love ya bunches 😘😘

  4. Joni, I really enjoyed this beautiful piece! Absolutely sublime. I hope you, your husband and loved ones are all good…here we are good too, but we are in state imposed quarantine for 15 days, only allowed to go to supermarket…strange days, but it is for the better good. Stay well,
    with love and hopes for an end to this virus crisis,
    your friend,

    1. Oh thank you Francisco you are very kind. I have been praying for all my WordPress and Twitter folks. I had hoped and prayed you were ok. It is wonderful to hear from you. Take the best of care. I will continue to pray for all my brothers and sisters I have met. Yes I pray this virus is over soon. It is wonderful to hear from you and thank you for your well wishes. We are fine. Stay safe. Love to you Joni. πŸ’•πŸ’•

      1. With all our love to you and to all our friends on this blog and all over the world! We pray this will end soon and all comes back to normal. These are times which we have never seen or experienced and thank God that people are being disciplined, prudent and above all, kind. I am so glad to hear that you are well. Stay well and stay creative, you are a very gifted poet and writer and I love reading everything that you write and as well, enjoy your great photographs!
        Big hug to you,

      2. Oh thank you Francisco you are so kind. I appreciate you always ready my work as I am such an admirer of yours. Your kind words mean a lot. I hope you can continue your work at home. Hopefully you have a place with great lighting in your house as well where you can work on your art. Love and prayers coming your way. Hugs to you from NC. πŸ’•πŸ’•

    1. Yes it is really. A safe place I had to go when I was little. It was wonderful. A lot of good memories spent there for a few years. One of my mothers siblings that didn’t drink and loved the Lord. She was good to me. She talked about God a lot and I got to stay with her occasionally. Thank you Anna. Love ❀️ Joni

  5. Beautifully written, Jonikins! It reminds me of Tennyson or Whitman where the imagery is so vibrant and contextual. You fill the senses with your lovely words and create an entire world to become lost in. Well done!

    1. Wow Brad thank you. You just made my weekend my friend.

      β€œIt reminds me of Tennyson or Whitman where the imagery is so vibrant and contextual”

      This is high praise coming from a poet I admire so much. Thank you truly Brad. Hope all is well and wishing you a good safe weekend. Sending bundles of love and warm hugs. β€οΈπŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ₯° Jonikins

    1. Thank you for reading and the kind comment my friend. Yes they are fast swimmers. I am not a fan of snakes. Have a great weekend Allan ❀️Joni

  6. Wow, Joni! You have the most amazing gift, your words flow so smoothly, you always make me slow down and really read and visualize your imagery, so beautifully done my friend! πŸ€—πŸ’•

    1. Oh thank you so much. Your kind words always touch my heart so much. I am grateful for your support and love as well. I will catch up on your site tomorrow. Hope you and your honey are having a wonderful weekend. Love you sweet friend. πŸ’•πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ₯°πŸ’•Joni

    1. Thank you so very much. Please forgive the late response as I am just seeing this comment. I am so delighted you liked this poem. Sending thanks and love to you and yours.

    1. Oh that is nice my friend and surprisingly warm for Michigan too. Here in NC it will be 72. We will both be enjoying the early spring. Sending my love my romantic friend. πŸ€—β€οΈJoni

    1. Thank you so much for your gracious words. I
      Am so glad you enjoyed it my friend. Have a wonderful rest of your week. Love ❀️ and πŸ€— hugs Joni

      1. Thank you, have a wonderful rest of the week too and lots of love and hugs coming your way πŸŒΈπŸ’•πŸ€— Henrietta

    1. Thank you Cindy you know that one is kind of personal as I have some great memories about the KY River which was full of snakes and all kinds of stuff but it was a safe place. I will visit your site this week and see what you have been doing. My friend from not so far away. I love you β€οΈπŸ’•

      1. You’re so welcome and that makes it have extra meaning! How lovely to visit them with you through your writing! When time permits. Life is busy and sorry to miss for so long my friend from not so far away. awww love you too! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

      2. Cindy it is I who should be apologizing. I certainly owe your beautiful site a visit. There has just been a lot going on. Stuff that happens in life but I am curious how your workouts are going. You got me to stretching again which I am grateful for as you are so limber it is truly amazing my friend who is not so far away. Such a piece of sunshine you are as is your site. Love ❀️ you

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