Noses Bleed White by Joni Caggiano

A reflection of a woman in a mirror with three lines of white powder drugs on the surface and some dollar bills
Image Source: Canva

dahlias budding in arid Culiacan

gold and silver shine in your sun  

mines giving death to fledglings

evil rapes the earth, stealing her bounty

pacific wind blows humanity backward 

as do closed eyes of stiff cartel

coke bleeds noses pink and scarlet

death calls naïve lovers in silk sheets

as a sex slave dies from a beating

spinning clouds gaze as poppies grow 

noses bleeding cascading white 

powder aging users with her lies

Mayan pyramids hide countless secrets

bestowing homage to her children dead

-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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28 Comments Add yours

  1. butungislayp says:

    Powerful images, Joni 💜

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you for reading and your message. I am glad you enjoyed it. Culiacan is the most dangerous City in Mexico.

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      1. butungislayp says:

        You vividly described how dangerous the place is and the tribulations affecting its people— a social commentary, one that calls for drastic change. 💜

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        1. jonicaggiano says:

          Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness. I agree as I would be so afraid to live there. I feel badly for those that have no choice. Sending hugs and blessings, Joni

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        2. butungislayp says:

          Writing can help change the world. Hugs and blessings to you, too, Joni 💜

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        3. jonicaggiano says:

          Thank you. 🤗🙏🤗

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  2. Terveen Gill says:

    Joni’s poetry reveals a sad side of our society where suffering and death are bought at hefty prices. As human beings, we attribute victory to reaping a profit, yet have no qualms even if it involves bloodshed and destruction of life. Has money become the altar at which we worship, sacrificing so many with the lure of hazardous substances? Not every question needs an answer when the screams of the lost and dying are so clear.
    Congratulations Joni!

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      What a beautiful comment Terveen and you always read my work so perfectly, which is a compliment in itself. Thank you so much and hope you have a blessed day. Big hugs, Joni

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  3. michnavs says:

    Wow this is a very powerful poem Joni. So on point..and the imagery is so vivid..well done my friend❤

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you Mich so much for reading me here. I appreciate your very gracious comment. It is sad because the pictures of Culiacan are beautiful. Sending big hugs, Joni

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  4. Wonderful! Amazing imagery. Truly enjoyed .💕

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you so much Grace. It makes me happy to know you enjoyed reading my work. Have a blessed day! Hugs, Joni

      Liked by 1 person

      1. My pleasure. I sure did. Have a blessed one too.💕

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        1. jonicaggiano says:

          🦋❤️🦋

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  5. Wow! Powerful and clear images!

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you so much for reading Francis and for your thoughtful and kind comment. Many of the cities around Sinaloa are so beautiful, it is sad that there is so much crime. Big hugs to you! Joni

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      1. It is very sad, I know Joni. And you’re very welcome! Big hugs to you and Scott 🤗

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  6. Mike U. says:

    This is both brilliant and intense. The imagery is startling and there’s an almost dreamlike quality to the piece. There’s an undercurrent of brutality and despair, too. It all makes for an incredibly powerful experience. Wonderful writing, Joni. Your words are deep and compelling. 🙂

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Mike, I am very humbled by your words. This is a very gracious and comprehensive comment on this poem. Sending hugs, Joni 🥰

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  7. Wow! Very interesting poem with powerful imagery.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you so much, Dawn, for reading me and for such a gracious comment, it means a lot. Sending hugs, Joni 😍

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  8. Navin says:

    Powerful lines…beautifully expressed ✨💟💫

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you so very much for reading me here Navin and your lovely comment, truly touched. Sending hugs, Joni

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  9. Powerful, captivating and painfully sad Joni. I just got a chance to read your whole poem which penetrates deeply this unjust and despicable acts of violence so well written!
    💖💖🤗

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you for this very kind comment Cindy. It is sad and I appreciate you reading Cindy. The saddest thing I think is that people look down on the country which is unfair. It is the cartel and that does horrific crimes other people are threatened and forced to do terrible things against their will. I appreciate your seeing the despicable justice to even the kindest soul. Thanks again Cindy and have a great weekend, love Joni

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  10. HensBlooms says:

    So descriptive and so beautifully written Joni 💕🌸

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you so much Henrietta, I appreciate you reading me here so very much. Sending big hugs xoxoxoxo

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