No One Is Noticing

Photograph and poem by Joni Caggiano September 8, 2021

red hat on an arrogant rooster crowing
crickets frantically rub spiny legs spinning tales
turtles crawl along like tourists with too much baggage
blue jays sneak seeds released by a pair of artistic squirrels
twin milkweed plants sigh, missing the fading monarch caterpillars
yellow jackets stinging lawnmowers, confused in an insect world, upside down
cartel seeks totoaba for its swim bladder, as vaquitas are fading in nets as they drown
a child flies an orange balloon, a doe is hit by a car, water puts out fires, death has no sound

Dear WordPress family,

It was so disappointing that our milkweed plants were void of all monarch caterpillars this year. Last year in 2020, the yearly overwintering in Mexico showed a 53% decrease in their migration, placing the monarch population well below the extinction threshold. 

I wanted to take this chance to tell you all how much I enjoy being part of this unique community.  The friendships I am still making and the opportunities to share my work have been a blessing.  Thank you for caring and embracing me as part of your lives. 

Love to you all,


60 thoughts on “No One Is Noticing

    1. It definitely does. Thank you for reading and your comment. That is such a significant drop that they may be extinct in just a few years. Hope you have a blessed and amazing day Ingrid. Hugs and love, โค๏ธJoni

  1. I love how you individualize each living creature with their characteristic traits.
    And life is a mix of good and bad, happy and sad. You say this so beautifully.
    And these caterpillars are so attractive. Yes, the change in weather conditions is causing much havoc.
    It’s lovely to connect with you, Joni. Lots of peace and happiness to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Terveen for ready and your beautiful comment. Nature is so special and was beautifully balanced but no more. Life is mixed with happy and sad so very true. It is wonderful to connect with you as well. Lots of love, hugs and happiness coming your way. Love โค๏ธ Joni

  2. Lovely poem. Nature goes in cycles. One year lots of butterflies. The next year few. I see the fluctuations in insects birds and other animals year after year.

    1. Very true Tim. Thanks for your kind comment. We were so looking forward to seeing the cycle of their life right in front of our home. I knew last year was a blessing. It gives me hope that they will come again. Thanks Tim. Sending my love to you two and all the beautiful creatures you love. โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’Joni

  3. The econsystem is change dramatically under our nose, maybe we are too frighten to pause to pay attention. You bring light and joy and love to this community Joni! Sending you abundant blessings and love! ๐Ÿ’š

  4. A beautiful poem, so well expressed, paying homage to our beautiful earthly companions. Your words always bring joy to my heart, Joni. Iโ€™m so glad that weโ€™ve connected here. Grateful for you, my dear friend. Sending lots of love, blessings, and many hugs. ๐Ÿฅฐโค๏ธ๐Ÿฅฐ

    1. Thank you Jeff for your very kind words. I am so glad you liked it.

      โ€œYour words always bring joy to my heart,โ€.

      What a thoughtful thing to say. You touched my heart. I too am so glad that we connected here. I too am grateful. I enjoy your work and knowing you is a blessing. Thank you for the love and sending more back. Have an inspired day my friend. โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜˜Joni

      1. Youโ€™re most welcome, dear Joni. Always. Connection is such a beautiful thing. ๐Ÿฅฐ Thank you for the love, sending hugs and love back. xoxoxo

  5. Once again you make us think of how void the world would be without the magnificent Monarch Butterfly and so many of the other species that face extinction, including us! Take care and thank you for your beautiful thoughtful poem. I love the way you positioned the lines.

    1. Hi sweet Brenda how are things going? I must visit after this response. Thank you for your kind comment. I think butterflies can be like a gift. I have a girlfriend in Washington that butterflies will just go to and sit on her finger, wherever they can. I really think creatures even insects are smarter than we think. I appreciate such a kind response. I am sending you lots of love and ten monarchs carrying freshly spun silk to wear in your hair. Love you, Joni ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹

  6. Beautiful writing honeybun. I really enjoyed the poem. I said that on Twitter.
    “It was so disappointing that our milkweed plants were void of all monarch caterpillars this year.” It really is hon. Things are changing rapidly and not for the good.
    Sending you tons of love.
    Have a glorious day.

    1. Thank you so much Button. I am so glad you liked the poem it means a lot to me. I always appreciate you reading my work and commenting as I know college has begun and I canโ€™t imagine how busy you are. It is very sad that the monarchs are dying. As long as we can see the amazing beauty in our world many are blind to the damage we are causing in other countries that create little pollution. Sending you lots and lots of love โค๏ธ right back.

  7. Your picture is so vivid & clear, how beautiful to see. I loved your poem that speaks the truth, & reminds us to take care of each other, God’s creatures & Mother Earth. You are a true blessing in my life & I love you dearly

    1. Hi buddy how is Montana? It is such a blessing to hear from you. I appreciate your support from the very beginning. You believed in my ability to write and that helped me to start this blog. I will never forget. Give Mark my love and you two be safe and stay away from the bears. Love you bunches. I hope the fairies got you all unpacked, cooked you dinner and massaged your feet. Donโ€™t spoil them too much. They never want to come see me after spending time with you two. Love you my dear friend. ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ’๐Ÿงš๐Ÿป๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿป

  8. oh I love your poem but soooo sad to hear this. Sending you a lot of love and credit for your love and effort in trying.. xoxoxo my friend closer than far!๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

    1. Oh Cindy you are such a treasure in so many ways. Thank you. I am sending so much love, my friend closer than far. ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’—

  9. You are an inspiration and blessing to us all dear friend. Your words paint colors of how life feels upon this journey!!๐Ÿ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ

    1. You are so thoughtful and kind. Your words mean a lot to me.

      โ€œyour words paint colors of how life feels upon this journey!!โ€

      Thank you what an extremely kind comment.
      Sending coffee and my love to you. ๐Ÿฅฎ๐Ÿฅโ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ

  10. This is wonderful to read Joni. So beautiful. Sadly we too have had few butterflies this year. Birds too. Such an amazing photograph, itโ€™s awesome! Take. Are dear friend, be well and safe.
    Sending love โค๏ธ

    1. Oh thank you so much. It sounds like you are a lover of nature too. Thank you for all your sweet words. Sending my love and prayers for good health. I am doing well. Thank you sweetie. Love โค๏ธ Joni

  11. Here in Michigan. They planted the milk-weed around the lakes and the milk weed plant attracted the butterflies. There were thousands to be seen. Next year I will plant the milk-weed plant around my house dear Johnnie. I like the butterflies too. I told my grandchildren. You see a butterfly. You can make a wish.

    1. How wonderful they planted milkweed. I am glad you are seeing butterflies. They really are precious. It is a wonderful cycle to watch. Your grand babies will love watching it. Thank you for telling me it made me smile to think you will be planting milkweed. Bless your heart. Sending you love โค๏ธ and butterflies ๐Ÿฆ‹ Joni โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ’

      1. Absolutely. Your grandchildren will enjoy watching the process with the monarchs. I was like a little girl. โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฆ‹love Joni

  12. Thank you for caring and for sharing your beautifully written poem and imagery with us. Wishing you blessings in abundance and sending lots of loving hugs your way ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’•

    1. Hello my friend. Thank you so much for reading and your lovely comment. Also you canโ€™t have too many blessings or hugs so thank you for those too. Sending more back your way. Love โค๏ธ Joni

    1. Thank you so much Natalia for your very thoughtful comment about my blog. I appreciate it very much. I donโ€™t speak Italian but I will gladly read some of your poems by using a translator. Again thanks for your kind support and I hope you have an amazing day. I will read some of your pieces tomorrow I promise. I am also looking forward to it. Sending love โค๏ธ your way. โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฆ‹Joni

  13. You may be the sweetest of all the bloggers, Joni! Look at all the love!!! ๐Ÿ’• Your poem hits home, the world isn’t perfect, but we can protect and enjoy what we can, while we can!๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ’–

    1. I don’t know why your comments keep landing in spam or pending. This is such a sweet message, one of those that make you tear up. You are so thoughtful Tiffany. I consider you to be a modern day intuitive rock star artist, photographer, amazing painter, and I am just getting started, so we have a mutual admiration club sweetheart. Thank you for your kindness always my friend. Love you Tiffany. xoxoxoxo

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