Hopeful hearts

Poem by Joni Caggiano and Photograph by Zelle Duda from Unsplash


like ducks in rain, we went splashing
kissing me tenderly melting fiery lips swell
throwing back our wet heads elatedly laughing

my thin hips and round breast show
whiffs of lavender with a hint of musk smiles
picking me gently skyward, touching my face slow
he will ask me to marry, he already knows I will say no

exploring each other one last time
strong jaw now quivering as tears run down
why do you have to leave my hopeful heart behind

52 thoughts on “Hopeful hearts

    1. Dear Ingrid, thank you for this very lovely comment. This was in my spam folder. I am sorry for the delayed response. I appreciate your both reading and commenting. Have a blessed day, love Joni xoxoxo

    1. You are a sweetheart Brad. Yes I am a romantic it is true. Thank you Brad for your kind words. I appreciate your words about the profile pic. It was hard to go back to short hair but I am getting use to it. I am glad you like it. Thank you that made my morning. Sending hugs. Love Jonikins β€οΈπŸ€—β€οΈπŸ€—πŸ₯°

  1. Beautiful verses Joni, where one can truly understand and sense your artistic temperament and sensitivity. Greatly enjoy reading your work! Love and happiness we both with you and Scott! All the best and enjoy Thursday, the middle of the week is here at last!

    1. Thank you so much dear Francis. I am glad you liked it. You read me well. I am extremely sensitive. It is difficult to hurt any ones heart. Love to you two always. Much love and prayers and blessings. β€οΈπŸ€—πŸ₯° Joni

    1. Thank you Tim. This young man actually asked me to marry him in front of his family. It had a happy ending as I felt badly that he was terribly hurt. I introduced him to a very good friend of mine who was the spitting image of Jackie Kennedy Onassis’. She was about 18 years older than my friend but they married and raised her two children and had one of their own. This was a story of fate. Thank you for your support Tim, hope you and your sweetheart are both well and happy. We live in some wild times my friend. Stay safe. Big hugs and love to you both. πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ¦‹πŸ₯°

  2. Oh Wow!! I just read your postscript reply Joni…when I was about to write something totally different… At first read, I wanted to hug that poor rejected man, who gave you his passion but was not right for a lifetime…then I see the whole picture and I love it !! I so agree, we never really know why people come into our lives.. it might be something they could have never dreamed…or you:) Beautiful romantic storytelling with a special twist, I did not see coming..Love your poetry….as you know HUGS πŸ€—β€οΈπŸŒΉ

    1. Thank you sweet Karima. You are so kind to me. You are right things happen for reasons we would never have guessed. I loved him but not enough to spend a lifetime with and I knew it. This woman I introduced him to was such a good woman and unusually beautiful. They fell in love quickly and I loved them both so I couldn’t of been happier for them. Thank you for reading and your comment. Your writing I love too as you know. I am making my way to all the peoples writing I love as I can. As you know I like to spend my time with the people I read. That is why I feel like I have relationships with people in the community. That makes me feel truly blessed. Have a beautiful evening. Love Joni ❀️❀️

  3. Oh yes, Joni, you are one of the generous few who will give of herself wholeheartedly, in each comment and in each reply.It is so refreshing and feels so much richer to be in communication, because for a moment one is really united to your poem and you to them…Yes, we have a lovely community on WordPress..We need more hours in the day though…to read and know everyone:) Love and big hugs..Karima

    1. Thank you my kindhearted friend. You are right there are not enough hours in a day. You are the same Karima. Grateful for your beautiful artwork and your kind heart. Sending my hugs and love right back. πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ₯°πŸ’πŸŒΉ

    1. Thank you Button. I am glad you enjoyed this piece. I am glad you enjoyed the imagery. Thank you for the blessings and love sending more back. Love honeybun

    1. Hope you are well dear Brenda. Yes that was sad but he ended up so happily married to my friend I introduced him too. Sending my love. πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ¦‹

    1. Thank you, I only write what I feel my friend. You are a sweetheart who is a beautifully supportive writer. Thank you for your comment about my hair my husband likes it short. A really young waiter winked at me right after I had it cut and it felt so nice. Of course I gave him a big smile. Thank you Brenda we woman like to feel good about our hair. Love you sweetie!!!!β€οΈπŸ€—πŸ¦‹πŸ™

  4. So beautiful, Joni, and I liked that you gave her the power to say no! πŸ˜‰ I wasn’t sure if I already commented on your new do, I love it!! Lighter and shorter, it really works for you!😍πŸ₯°πŸ€—

    1. Thank you so much Tiffany. You are a sweetheart. I really appreciate your comment about my hair. Thank you sweetie. Love you β€οΈπŸ€—πŸ¦‹

    1. Thank you so much Henrietta. Sending love, hugs and blessings to you and your family my friend. Thank you for reading and your support. Love ❀️ Joni

  5. Delightful pairing of words and image “despite” the outcome and heartfelt longing! The trueness, and tenderness, made it so for me as I inhaled the rhythm of your words ❀️

    1. Thank you so much. You have made my evening three times now. What a beautiful compliment Felipe. I can only hope my words are deserving. πŸ€—πŸ¦‹

      1. Thank you Felipe all your kind words have really been appreciated and a sweet gift. Thanks again and I hope you have a truly blessed week my friend. Big hugs πŸ€— Joni

  6. I am late catching up on your poems, but I am so glad to read the feedback about your poem & your new hairstyle, which suits you so incredibly well. Love you always!

    1. Thank you my dear friend. We should schedule a talk again soon, I am really missing you. Thank you Janette I have always appreciate what a wonderful and supportive friend you have been. Since the first volume and then second book about my experiences growing up. You couldn’t be more supportive then you have been. I love you always too. Let’s talk before too long dear friend. Sending love to you and Mark. xoxoxoxox Joni

      1. I would love a phone chat soon! You can reach me via text, & we will make it happen! Love you

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