Son of the Sun by Joni Caggiano

The painting of the head of dead Orpheus resting on a lyre held in the arms of a young Greek maiden
Image Source: Canva

my lingering limbs upon a solitary tree

eyes indigo, darting in a hypnotic state

heart akin to a hummingbird’s wing

Orpheus fashions purity in poetic bliss

fish, even rocks move to trade a kiss

my unsheathe skin lay on Balkan rock

notes from lyre waltz on savory breasts

birds kissing his image on the Aegean sea

smelling him, a ribbon amid my thighs

foreseeing soft touch in darkening skies

when next, clinging passionately was I

my heart and body aching for his voice

stagnant rocks and fish now lay lifeless

Apollo’s Greek son beheaded by the sea

death looms, for I now no longer wish to be

-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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34 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Joni’s poetry is a fine tribute to love, death, poetry, music, and the afterlife. Her beautiful words are a miniature story of love, passion, and tragic loss. The way she makes the reader rise and fall from start to finish is a commendable feat in writing. Love is a fascinating emotion and brings with it much thought and tough wisdom. To lovers who have laughed and cried and found bliss in each other’s arms.
    Congratulations Joni!

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you so much Terveen for your very gracious and kind words about my writing, they touch my heart. Blessings and hugs, Joni

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  2. michnavs says:

    Wow Joni..the title alone gave me chills..this is beyond being just beautiful

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Oh thank you so much Mich for reading and this very kind comment. Looking forward to seeing you here again too. Hope your week is blessed. Big hugs, Joni

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  3. Hauntedly good! Well done Joni.

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you so much for reading and this kind comment. Blessings to you. 🦋❤️Joni

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  4. You have a great gift. Joni,
    when you write about love…even rocks trade kisses and you bring the Classical names and stories into familiar ocean beds or satin sheet ones where just his smell is like a ribbon “amid your thighs” I always enjoy your writing especially when you allude to the ebb and rise of love’s tides. You speak of the life and death of love in the same verse. Haunting and beautiful. Much love to you, dear Joni… Karima

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Hello Karima you are such a sweetheart. Thank you for all your kind words, they mean a lot to me. I often mix love and death, again the ebb and flow. It is obvious that we both love nature. I feel so connected to nature and so blessed to be able to have people read my work. Thank you so much dearest Karima and much love to you. I will read you again soon when I can sit on the spring porch and watch nature. Big hugs too. xoxoxoxo

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  5. haoyando says:

    What a beautiful picture. And aching for what we want. So true.

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Hello my friend, thank you so much for reading. What a lovely comment, thank you. We do so ache for love and companionship when we are alone. So glad you liked this piece. Blessings and hugs to you. Joni

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  6. Jeff Flesch says:

    An amazing write, Joni. Your talent is limitless. Hugs and love.

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Jeff what a lovely comment. “Your talent is limitless,” now if I can just believe that myself, that would be wonderful! Thank you Jeff, how very sweet of you. Blessings, hugs and love to you too!

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  7. Deepthy says:

    Gorgeous writing!

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Oh thank you Deepthy for both reading and the very kind comment. Sending big hugs your way! Joni

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  8. Poignant and haunting!

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Dawn you are always so kind to me with your gracious comments. Thank you so very much my friend. Sending you lots of love and hugs, Joni

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      1. Oh, thank you, Joni, I send you the same!

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        1. jonicaggiano says:

          You are so welcomed. Big hugs Joni 🦋🦋

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  9. HensBlooms says:

    Amazing poetry Joni, poetic bliss indeed💕🌸

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Henrietta thank you so very much, your comment touches my heart. Sending love your way! Joni

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  10. your poem is such a gift to the senses Joni. Each line masterfully written with beautiful imagery/ 💖

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you Cindy, this is an awfully nice compliment and I truly appreciate your kindness. Sending love and hugs your way. xoxoxoxoxo

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      1. It’s so true our poetess Joni. It’s a pleasure and thanks always for the love. Back at you my friend!💖

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        1. jonicaggiano says:

          Wishing you and your beautiful family many blessings dear Cindy. 🦋❤️🤗🌹🎈🥰💕🎈

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        2. Oh thanks so much and to you and yours as well!💖💖

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  11. Good Lord, dear Joni. This is beyond gorgeous. Heart wrenching. Perfect. Thank You. And Thank You, Terveen, for publishing. Huge hugs all around….❤️❤️❤️

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Oh how sweet beautiful Katydid. So delighted you enjoyed this and I do appreciate your kind comments. I am very fortunate to have such a kind editor. It was so sweet to thank her. It is an intense amount of work to be an editor of a magazine and have a job. That was thoughtful of you, but then you are very thoughtful. Sending my love to you, Joni🦋❤️🤗

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      1. 🤗❤️😊!!!

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        1. jonicaggiano says:

          Same to you sweetheart love to you Katydid. 🌱🐉🧚🏻🧚🏻🐉🌱🧚🏻🎁

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        2. ❤️❤️❤️!

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        3. jonicaggiano says:

          ❤️❤️❤️

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  12. Mike U. says:

    Such a mesmerizing and dolorous poem. There’s a sense of yearning and immense sorrow here. The ending reverberates with pain. The mythological setting adds an aspect of dreamlike timelessness. This is fascinating and beautiful writing, Joni. 🙂

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