Recycling Time by Joni Caggiano

Two marble stone statues of children embracing and clouds of debris and dust surrounding them
Image Source: Snappa

inhaling grey dust

my dying skin

red cells pump

time within

your cells mixing

a sour soup

of my regret

our broken loop

floating away now

tasting you

allay soaring on

in a sky dazzling blue


Joni’s blog is Rum and Robots, where she has published poetry, photography, and short stories. Take a look at Joni’s work in Spillwords Press NYC, Vita Brevis Press, The Finest Example, The Tiny Seed Literary Journal, I Write Her – The Short of it, and MasticadoresUSA. Joni’s work was included in the following anthologies: The Sound of Brilliance (The Short of It Publishing, Volume 1 2020), Inner Eye (Poets Choice, 2021), and It’s Not Easy (Poets Choice 2021). Her blog is an effort to give back – she is a surviving Adult Child of Alcoholics. Joni is a retired nurse and paralegal.

You can also read her writing on Instagram @jonicaggiano and Twitter @theinnerchild1.

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Joni writes of beginnings and endings and then starting anew. The way she combines biology and poetry is attractive, bold, and effective. It appears that lessons unlearnt might be repeated in some other life or time frame. There’s no escaping what’s in store for us, call it fate, karma, or living in the moment. Time ensures that no one slips away so easily.
    Congratulations Joni!

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  2. jonicaggiano says:

    Thank you so much Terveen. Your description of my poetry is so spot on every time. It is amazing how much we can learn about a person by reading their work. Thank you for the honor of being on MasticadoresIndia. Have a blessed day. Hugs, Joni

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  3. Navin says:

    Oh wow, such beautiful poem…the depth & the flow is amazing…many congratulations, Joni ✨❤️💫

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  4. As always, Joni – your poem has great imagery. One can visualize it so vividly and of hope.

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  5. Beautiful Joni…. You give us sips of Time, tastes of the Truth…”red cells pump time within: and that love that didn’t make it to the end of Time… This style is lovely, like the essentials we hope to keep in our memory…when all else fades away… You are amazing! Much love to you deep poet and friend❤️

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  6. HensBlooms says:

    You write so beautifully Joni and have amazing talent 💕🌸

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  7. Impressive imagery! Very thought-provoking.

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  8. Susi Bocks says:

    And if we have each other in the process of that cycle, the better for us all. Beautiful, Joni! ❤

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  9. Powerful imagery Joni. LIfe continues to move in cycles and flows! 💖💖

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