Picnic and A Crow by Joni Caggiano

A flying raven about to land in a dark and haunted graveyard
Image Source: Canva

in the glee of a sapphire sky, the sun plays leapfrog with a cloud

cake chinwags to cheese falling off the family’s tattered picnic table

landing by hungry carpenter ants grateful to be done building a stable

boys swerving on a swing sitting sideways long ago nailed to an oak

wrestling, like a couple of bulls, a raven surveys on the fence close by

as the sun sinks lower, one of the children lets out an anguishing cry

dimness grows, night owning foresight, the family heading to their home

raven singing his prophecy flying low, family yelling arriving in their door

the man hits the woman who hits her head on the table before the floor

the man imbibed on rum pining for his aging wife, for he hated to cook

tending to his lazy boys was a splinter festering, so off to an aunt’s home

the raven waits for the end, feasting weeks on the old man, dying all alone

-JONI CAGGIANO

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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25 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Joni has expressed hurt, abuse, and isolation in a way that is unforgettable. A man, a wife, and their sons are portrayed so vividly through passing moments. Time has a way of paying back and often it’s never pretty. The way a man ruins those around him and in turn withers away only to be found meaningful as a carcass for a raven says a lot about the warped human psyche. A poem that offers several thoughts and will leave its mark somewhere.
    Congratulations Joni!

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    1. Isha says:

      Terveen, your crisp description of the piece is heart rending!

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  2. jonicaggiano says:

    Thank you Terveen. I appreciate your comment which is always so very informative about each writer and their style. You understand so much from reading everyone’s work. You are always so very gracious in your comments. Blessings and a big hug, Joni

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    1. Isha says:

      Joni, you really touched upon something here. What a way to express a thought. You kept its poetic aesthetic intact while delivering the powerful message. Kudos to you!

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        Thank you very much again for your very thoughtful comment. It really means a lot. Blessings and hugs. ❤️🤗Joni

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  3. Isha says:

    Oh, the imagery!

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you again Isha. It is uncanny the way Terveen Gill, the editor, can explain so beautifully my writing at least. I think she is probably pretty spot on with all of her writers. Have a blessed day! Hugs, Joni

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  4. michnavs says:

    This is so beautiful Joni..i so love how you ventured into this theme brilliantly..❤

    Liked by 3 people

    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you so much Mich. I really appreciate your kind words, they mean a lot. ❤️🤗

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  5. Cassa Bassa says:

    This is strange, I started to read the poem and Joni appeared in my mind. Then when I read to the end, here you are, the author of this emotive piece.

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      That is quite a compliment my friend. I really appreciate your support and you know my style pretty well. This touches my heart. I wasn’t sure about this piece but Terveen loved it and said, “it was one of her favorites,” of the three I had sent. She really has a keen eye for all Kinds of story telling. Blessings Cassa. ❤️🤗

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  6. wow Joni, strong imagery here and truly quite a palpable piece sad and yet satisfying until the very end when the raven equalizes the playing ground. Well done my friend! 💖👏👏👏

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you Cindy. I appreciate your reading my work. It means a lot. It is a wild but not so unfamiliar reality for many people unfortunately. Sending you love, hugs, and blessings. ❤️🤗

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      1. You’re so welcome dearest Joni! It’s always my pleasure and you are so right!
        💕🙏😂

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      2. That was supposed to be a hug 🤗 not a laugh! Love and hugs always!💕🤗

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  7. Such vivid dark imagery! Creepy. But justice was served. Good job, Joni!

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Dawn thank you for reading. I am delighted you liked it. It was creepy, but your right he got his come “upings” as we say in the south. Blessings, Joni

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  8. Good Lord, dear Joni. This gave me chills. I was not expecting that. Neither was I sad about it. Sitting here stunned. Well done, once again, beautiful Lady. Thank You! And Thank You MasicadoresIndia for publishing! 💕

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Hello my dearest Katy, thank you so much Katy for reading and your response. He got what he had coming, mean old bugger. There are enough meanies in this world. haha Sending you my love! Joni

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      1. Oh gosh! Absolutely my pleasure, beautiful Joni!!! Yes! I vote we let all the meanies go to another realm where they can meanie one another to their heart’s content and let the rest of us get on with our lives! 🤣 Sending my Love right back to You!!! 🤗💕😊

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  9. Jeff Flesch says:

    That’s a painful one, woven to aspects of nature as only you can. It’s a gorgeous write, Joni. Love, hugs, and blessings to you, my friend.

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Hi Jeff thank you so much for your kind words my friend. Blessings, hugs and love to you too. I always like to see that smiling face it makes me smile right back. Sending smiles and hugs, Joni

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      1. Jeff Flesch says:

        Hi Joni, you’re most welcome, my dear friend. Always. Thank you for the blessing and love. Aww, that’s so kind, I can see you smiling. How lovely. Have a gorgeous week.

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