Blood Petunias

Poetry by Joni Caggiano on December 9, 2021 – Photo by Tobias Bju00f8rkli on

coming from the land of the drunken sun
where he ended and I barely dare become
she was a crow that brought us all together
rum drizzling, thunderbolt winter weather
rioting lot she was afflicting all kinds of harm
living on those four acres of our teeny farm
bleeding red petunias into fine white sand
thriving while growing things on fertile land
forgiveness giving us yearnings for grace still
placing my faith in the light of God’s Holy Will

81 thoughts on “Blood Petunias

  1. My dearest Joni, this is absolutely gorgeous.
    “coming from the land of the drunken sun
    where he ended and I barely dare become”
    I was in awe in the start itself. Such vivid imagery as always. Beautiful and so heart touching❤
    How are you? Hope everything’s well with you and your loved ones. Sending lot of hugs and love🥰🥰

    1. Dearest Ishita I just found ten comments in pending and I always feel so badly when this happens. You wrote such a beautiful comment about “Blood Petunias,” too. Thank you for every kind word you are such a sweetheart and I appreciate your support so much. Sending you lots of love and we are all fine by the way, thank you for asking. I hope the same is true with you and your lovely family. Hugs and lots of love coming your way. xoxoxoxo

      1. My dear Joni, that is absolutely fine. Sending lots of love and a bucket full of warm hugs❤
        We are all fine here, thank you for asking 🥰

    1. Dearest Ingrid please excuse this late response, I just found ten comments in my pending folder. Thank you so much for your support and kindness as it means a lot to me. So sorry about the late response. I think WordPress allows so many comments in a 24 hour period and then the messages go to pending. Again, so sorry but thank you again for your support Ingrid. xoxoxxo

    1. Thank you Jeff so much. It is wonderful to be back home. Sending you my love and I have been enjoying your pieces in MasticadoresUSA. Love ❤️ 🤗🥰🌹

      1. You’re welcome, Joni. Always. Ah, I’m glad you are back, safe and sound. Thank you for always being there for me, my dear friend. 💖🥰🌹🌺

      2. Thank you Jeff we were very careful and it was so wonderful to see family. You are welcome Jeff you are a wonderful poet and I really enjoy your work. Thank you for your wonderful support as well. Love to you ❤️😘

  2. The good and bad go hand-in-hand. Where there’s suffering, there’s the will to heal and the faith to move on. There are certain things that we can only accept and make peace with. That is the true learning of life. Blessed are those whose tongues confirm this. A lovely piece, Joni. Much peace, joy and love. 🙂

  3. A most beautiful poem/prayer. Your words reach the soul Joni and one feels the passion and more importantly the gift of faith. Wishing you a lovely day and sending our love. All the best ♥️🤗🌹

    1. Thank you so very much Francisco. Your words are very kind. Thank you again and I am sending much love to you two. Big hugs as well my friends. ❤️🤗🥰

  4. “coming from the land of the drunken sun
    where he ended and I barely dare become”

    These opening 2 lines had me hooked straight away Joni! 😁😍 A brilliant opening that set the tone for the rest of the piece! 👌😁

    1. I sure do keep the faith it is what helped me survive my childhood. I am no longer that child but I write so others will know that other people understand. Thank you Tim. You have been so wonderfully supportive to me. I am so grateful. Have a blessed and wonderful day with your loved ones. ❤️🤗🥰🌹

    1. Thank you Allan I really appreciate it. I had a great time especially with my daughter and grandchildren. Thank you for welcoming me back. It is always so wonderful to be home. ❤️🤗🥰

    1. Oh thank you. God was always with me growing up I felt His great love. I still have Him with me always and I can talk to him and it is so reassuring knowing he hears us. Thank you my friend. Love to you and your family. ❤️🤗🥰

  5. This poem is gorgeous Joni❤ I commented earlier but it may have went to spam.
    I was in awe from the start. So beautiful and the imagery is so vivid as always. Truly heart touching❤
    How are you? Hope you and yours are all well and healthy. Sending lots of love and hugs🥰🤗

    1. Oh thank you my friend. Your words are so kind and gracious as always. We just got back from being with family close to the Seattle area and saw my husband’s father. I got to see my grandchildren too.

      How are you my precious friend. I truly hope you and your family are well. Also have you heard of MasticadoresIndia? Terveen Gill is the Editor, she is very kind, and loves a great short story. The owner is J RE Crivello. I know you are likely busy with studies but you should submit a piece. I am sending you and your family my love. I also see you have a new post up so I will read that with enthusiasm. Love to you and check out Masticadores. MasticadoresUSA is edited by Gabriela and I know you know her. She just wrote a number one best seller poetry book which is amazing. I truly hope you are having some fun dear Ishita. Love ❤️ Joni

      1. It is absolutely my pleasure dear Joni. I am so glad you met your family! I am sure you must have enjoyed a lot.

        I am doing well Joni, thanks for asking. Thank you so much my friend for thinking about me! I will definitely try to submit a piece for MasticadoresIndia. Thanks a lot for telling me about this, it means so much. I do follow MasticadoresUSA! The pieces there are truly incredible. I am really proud of Gabriela, and I know her poetry book became a bestseller. I was elated when I got to know that! She certainly deserves it. I also saw that you got an honorable mention for the poetry contest she hosted. I’ll get around to read your poem soon.
        Love and hugs🤗🥰 Ishita

      2. Yes, I am very happy for Gabriela she is a brilliant poet and her style is so unique. She also is all about helping others too. She is doing a brilliant job with MasticadoresUSA and I too have had several pieces in there as well. The reason I mentioned MasticadoresIndia is that it is in English but she is a brilliant short story writer and publishes a lot of short stories. You write beautifully too and your stories are very compelling and thoughtful. Terveen, is also a lovely person. Thank you so much for reaching out. I hadn’t seen anything new in a while and know you are extremely busy. Please take time to enjoy being young. Love and blessings to you. ❤️🤗🥰🌹😘

  6. Hi, Joni! You are back! I am so glad you met your family! I love your Blood Petunias, it’s special like you!

    1. You are so kind and gracious with your words and they mean a lot to me. Yes it was a great time but it is wonderful to be back. I have a lot of catching up to do. I am going into your site now so it will show up on my reader. Hope all is well in your world. Hugs 🤗 Joni

    1. Dearest Beautiful Button, please forgive the very late response to this message. I went into my site to search a post and found I had ten pending comments. I am so sorry. I know how terribly busy you are and please know how much your lovely comment means. So sorry for the late response. Sending love, hugs and such warm wishes for the holiday season. Love, Honeybun xoxoxoxo

    1. Oh thank you my wise friend. I appreciate your reading and you are right we have that saving Grace. Have an amazing weekend my kind friend. Love ❤️ Joni

  7. Your words are always so moving, so powerful and vivid, Joni. It breaks my heart that anyone would have to endure so much pain, and yet, you also speak of hope, and that means strength. I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend, sending you love and warmth, my friend!🥰🌞💕🙏

    1. Thank you sweet Tiffany. Your words mean a lot to me and I am grateful that you see the hope which I never lost even as a child. It is wonderful to be home after our vacation. By the way I love how you try so many different things with your art. The Jackson Pollock software. Did you ever see the movie with Ed Harris (I think he is such a gifted artist.). I like what you are doing with it. Sending you love, warmth and giant southern hugs 🤗 dearest Tiffany. 🥰🤗❤️😘💝⭐️

    1. Oh thank you my closer than far friend. We had so much fun. I am playing catch up still. I need to write three poems before the end of the month and I am stuck. Hope you will be with your beautiful family during Christmas. I love you Cindy. ❤️❤️❤️

      1. Oh I’n soooo glad to hear that. It does take time to get back into the groove alright, I have no doubt they will fly out of you dearest. Keep the faith.. Yes, they all pile in next week. Thanks my friend. love you so💖!! 💖

    1. We are well and blessed. We got back recently after a visit with family it was wonderful. Thank you so much for your visit. I hope you and all your loved ones are well. ❤️🤗🦋

      1. So happy to hear that you could visit and that you and your family are well and blessed. We are thankfully all good, thank you dear Joni 🤗🌸💕

    1. Thank you so much Merry I am truly glad you did. If you read it more than once I am thrilled to have received three reads. You made my evening Merry, thank you and have a blessed weekend. Hugs 🤗 Joni

  8. Forgiveness can be a challenge, especially if the scars of abuse persist. But it is the road to healing. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, dear friend, and a blessed New Year. Your friendship has been a gift to me. With love, A. <3 <3 <3

    1. My dearest Anna, I thought of you often this past week. I sent you a small gmail. I haven’t been on wordpress much. Your friendship is such a gift Anna and I love you and your family very much. We have been praying hard for Retha. I love you my dear friend. xoxoxoxo

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