Plea for Grace

Poem Written by Joni Caggiano on 07/23/20 – Painting Courtesy of Birmingham Museum via Unsplash.com Open is my pounding heart as raw emotions; I do so often share Stunned by your compassion, God, for our love, hope, and prayer Intense your light, as on my knees Lord, You often find me there Like David to […]

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The Ancients

Wounded heart dangling in a hundred pieces, from gifted ancient treesWhere others have ventured for centuries, to weep, over Egypt’s Red SeasHer dying algae turning the blue-green waters to scarlet, the color of deathHues of the sunset rise with my embers towards heaven’s vast floral breathMy lonely aching soul, did awake a heartless, hurt spirit, […]

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Psalm to Twilight

Sweet the twilight tears of yesterday where hope exist in our glorious worldGod illuminating the nighttime, the moon and stars light the corridor of our pathMoonbeams kiss the dark hours bringing forth the white MoonflowerNocturnal moths drawn to its scent to pollinate the center of the five-pointed star Synchronizing their flashing as they dance while […]

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Climbing Trees

Sweat oozed from my pores as I ran toward the barnSand spurs stung the bottoms of my fleeing feetAs I sprinted wildly toward Margie’s southern farmI prayed my drunk daddy would do me no harm In the woods, I had played with dollies and climbed treesThe big three, one with a treehouse I had visited […]

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Stream of Tears

Smooth white rocks line the familiar bedA sad child sits close beside me by the streamProviding me a harbor where I come to scream. Yabbies, mountain lobster or mudbugsCrawdads swimming against Nature’s mirrorI point them out to the girl who is now nearer. Appalachian bristle fern surrounds usNo one will attend my nursing graduationI share […]

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Hope

born was the babywho carried all of our sinsforgiveness from God Haiku by Joni 12/23/19 – Photo by Joni

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Once Treeless

Paralyzed by emotions, dismal visions haunt my eye’s memoryFaces in plates, probing hands of strangers, and the smell of pee.Fairy letters under wet pillow laid, hoping they will set me free. A veil of melancholy wraps me like a cocoon as dread is calling.Our neighbor plucks buckshot from the leg, her husband’s shot.The smell of […]

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A Gift

Lord thou hast loved me like a babe, and washed me afresh in water. Oh my Father how You have endured My ceaseless multitude of prayers. Rescued from my own weak and feeble heart, I sensed your limitless love and forgiveness. By the cherished blood of Thy Own Son, My spirit, therefore, was cleansed and […]

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We Dance For Silence

Like a snake sheds his skin so go we, those of us who bravely venture onFilled with heightened senses as vigilantly, we quietly roam till dawn. Exposed our emotions on our shoulders perched like the raven black,Hearing whispers, feeling stares, why we grow eyes high upon our back. Lost amongst the others, those who gather, but wonder […]

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Open Your Gate To Love

Rise like the winged seeds of the maple, to the sky like the feathery spines of the cottonwood and the plume-like seeds of the swan plant, to sow new love, and memories of those that have hurt you. Forgive those whose injustice tore your heart, Giving way towards peaceful places to walk, Fresh found beauty […]

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