Aftershock by Joni Caggiano

Abstract image of small pink tree in the foreground and a suffering statue in the background
Image Source: Canva

her face resembles the

pathways of a troubled life

hair so white it was spun

by the moon’s shadow

sitting at a table molded

from an ancient cypress

tears float from olive eyes

opening her fissuring lips

black roses and screams of old

fuse with smells splitting wind

gray sky seeps into falling ash

a blanket of death mask kinfolk

eyes like a falcon staring at

mountains of rubble where

hatred fell from cloudless skies

God is watching, His angel flies


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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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Joni’s poetry bleeds pain and suffering. She interweaves humans and nature to create a powerful entity that endures destruction but again rises from the rubble to persevere and move on. Destruction has taken a toll on humankind but the spirit of faith and belief and that Supreme Presence carves new pathways. Hatred and anger will flounder where strength and resilience reside.
    Congratulations Joni!

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you for your beautifully descriptive words in regards to my poem. I am honored every time my words are found here. Also it is uncanny how you found such perfect art to accompany this piece. Thank you so much Terveen. Hugs, Joni

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  2. A most beautiful poem with fabulous images and yes, quite right, God is watching! Lots of love and blessings! 😊🙏❤🌹

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you Francis, your beautifully expressed appreciation of my words are treasured. Thank you so much for both reading my work on MasticadoresIndia and your support.

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      1. It’s always a pleasure Joni! You’re very welcome 😊 Our love to you both and best wishes for a lovely day!

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        1. jonicaggiano says:

          Thank you and our love coming right back at you three. ❤️

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        2. Got it! ❤🙏🌹 And you are very welcome!

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  3. kenhume31 says:

    Just beautiful Joni! ❤️😁 Powerful imagery and some wonderful lines! These lines stand out to me:
    “hair so white it was spun
    by the moon’s shadow”

    “mountains of rubble where
    hatred fell from cloudless skies”

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Ken thank you so much for reading me here. I am glad you liked those lines too. Your support and comments are truly appreciated.

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      1. kenhume31 says:

        My pleasure Joni, I’d read your work anywhere! 😁📖👍 Keep up the sublime writing! 😁😁

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        1. jonicaggiano says:

          Thank you Ken, I do truly appreciate your support. Have a blessed day, Joni

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  4. Navin says:

    Such a beautiful poem…with amazing & deep imagery…much love, Joni ✨❤️💫

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  5. Americaoncoffee says:

    What a poetic story! I thoroughly enjoyed!Very dynamic and emotional. 👏💐Well wishes for your having a beautiful week.💗💗💗💗☕️☕️

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