Poem by Joni Caggiano – Photograph by brabus biturbo – Unsplash

in the waking hours, I hear your breath
crusted sands of the past are in your eyes
reminders of pain
lies that lick the dust
sheets that once knew luster
stolen from an innocent
devouring me like a vulture
lost, I linger like the fledgling
afraid to leave
afraid to stay
living in the in-between
dying in the shadows

79 thoughts on “Fledgling

  1. This is splendid Joni. I feel every word. The poem is atmospheric. It breathes. It hurts. You are an exceptional writer. I am in awe with your writings sweetheart.
    Love and blessings to you.

    1. Oh thank you sweet Button. I appreciate your kind words so much. They are like honey to my ears. I hope you are having beautiful weather and a blessed day. Love you much Beautiful Button. Honeybun ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธโค๏ธxoxoxo

      1. My apologies, I didnโ€™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 thatโ€™s not configurable). If I donโ€™t respond to comments quickly (which includes new posts on every site I follow), it is likely to drop off. This means I wonโ€™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!

    1. I am so glad you liked it Rhen. Thank you so much for your always kind words. They mean a lot. Have a fabulous week. Love ๐Ÿ’• Joni ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒธ

  2. A beautiful poem, I very much admire your tenderness and how you are able to mix this softness with tremendous power…your words are so precise and they create a most beautiful image, images that transform your words into something that inside one can grasp and assimilate. Lovely, lovely work Joni…all the best and wishing you a great Wednesday.

    1. Francisco your praise and kind words leave me speechless. โ€œI very much admire your tenderness and how you are able to mix this softness with tremendous powerโ€ฆโ€. I am so happy that it touched you. I love trees and the ocean so much that when I saw my friends photograph it was as โ€œif the tree was trying to make it to the water.โ€ Also her words. I am so grateful for your reading and commenting, it means so much Francisco. Thank you truly. I hope it is alright to ask if your studio is open yet? I hope that things are much better now. I am so grateful you are safe and still working. With much love from NC wishing you all the best in life my friend. Love Joni ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ

      1. Thank you so much Joni. I admire your talent and your self as a friend, and I appreciate your support and words of kindness. My studio is always open but we are not yet in phase 1 so no one can come in yet…wishing for the best and knowing God is in control. With love from Spain,

      2. I like that your studio is always open. Thank you for your kind words Francisco. Try to imagine I am giving you a big heartfelt hug right now because if I were there I would. With love ๐Ÿ’• Joni

    1. Yes you are right my friend. I guess we all have our darkness to deal with during some period of our lives but we donโ€™t have to live their as adults we have a better chance – children are the most vulnerable ones. Thank you Cassa for reading. I hope you have a week filled with love. Xoxoxo Joni

      1. Thank you my kind friend. Yes, I think everyone can receive help and we all have to hold on to hope. I appreciate your kind words, thank you Cassa, sending love to you. xoxo

    1. Oh thank you Tim. Glad you liked the poem. I am curious if your owls have hatched. We have our annual whenโ€™s and I watch everything they do from the porch. So beautiful day we do have an owl that my husband can make their sound and it calls back. It is a bard owl. Hugs and love to you and all those you surround yourself down by the Rio Grande. โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿฅฐ

      1. At least on owlet has hatched up north. I posted photos of it on April 4th. It will be a few more weeks before the owlet’s nextdoor hatch..

    1. Yes there are the screamers but my experience was that only mean even worse things ahead. Thank you so much for reading my work. Love โค๏ธ Joni

      1. Yes, things are not good when there are screamers, never a good thing my friend. It is my pleasure to read your work. Sending wishes for an amazing weekend. We just had a bad hail storm here, so strange to look outside and see ice cubes everywhere. Crazy weather in North Carolina. Take good care my friend. Hugs Joni

    1. Thank you Tiffany I really appreciate your reading. I
      Hope you have a blessed and creative weekend. Love to you. Joni ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿป

  3. Very beautiful and instinctive Joni! Your words and thoughts form into a beautiful marriage! ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŽผ๐Ÿƒโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐ŸŒบ

    1. I am delighted you like it as I believe you have had a musical life at some point and that you are a very creative individual yourself. You take good care my friend. It is almost coffee ice cream ๐Ÿจ time. Love you ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•Joni

      1. You are very kind to me. Thank you. Sending you a bag of coffee the fairies make from tree bark but donโ€™t let that discourage you as they sprinkle angel dust on it and it is wonderful. Also you can eat your favorite sweets all you have to do is think of them. They will appear but hold no calories. Sending love โค๏ธ and blessings. ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธโ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ

  4. Yes, even when we manage to find love, the past lingers, casting its shadow over our hearts. Only God can dispel our demons. Thankfully, He stands ready to do that…however often it may be necessary. I hope you are well, dear friend. Your prayers for my family are deeply appreciated. Their impact is palpable. May God keep you in His care. Love, A. <3 <3 <3

    1. I am so glad Anna. What a blessing I am so grateful to hear it. God is so
      Great. I will of course continue my prayers and may God always keep you safe and loved. โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™ love you Anna

    1. Thank you David. I appreciate that as you also write some chilling work. I can put myself in that dark place where I grew up pretty easily and that is ok because I pull myself right back out.

      I am glad you are showing up on my notifications again. That is where I do all my responding from.
      You have an amazing week too and keep that recording coming. โค๏ธJoni

      1. Your always welcome my friend.
        Stay home and stay safe.
        In India corona second wave going on. The situation is very worse now.
        I hope your safe in your country.

      2. I know I am so very sorry. I will send blessings to your Country my friend. Please be safe too my friend, my heart will be with your Countryโ€™s people. Thank you for such a great kindness. Love โค๏ธ Joni

    1. Thank you my friend. I so appreciate your kind support. I hope you and your loved ones are all well. Take care and blessings to you and yours. โค๏ธJoni

      1. Welcome Joni, we are well thank you. I hope you and your loved ones are well to. Many Blessings โค

      2. We are and we are so grateful to God we try and remember to be grateful for every blessing he bestows upon us. There are so many. I think of all the people who donโ€™t have shelter, food or living without fear and I am so humbled by my blessings. I too am grateful you and your family are blessed. Love โค๏ธ Joni

      3. A life lived in gratitude is a Blessed one. I am also intentionally present and grateful in my moments. I resonate with your gratitude list and humbled to by the many Blessings in my life. Many Blessings โค

      4. I am so happy to hear it my brother. People who have never seen starvation and extreme poverty may not know that look of desperation. We should be grateful for every hot shower we have.
        Thank you so much for your beautiful response my friend. Have a blessed week. Love to you and your family kinge. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™Joni

      5. Living through an experience changes our perspective and many times trying times help us connect to our true self and the world around us through kindness, love and gratitude by being present in the present moment fully. Many blessings โค

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