My First Kiss by Joni Caggiano

The close up of a man's and woman's faces colored with glitter and their lips about to kiss
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freckles rearranging erotic patterns on pale, poreless skin

cotton candy, and elephant ears dripping in sugar and butter

air shifts smell mixing with scented moments, holds onto life

white eyelet dress clings to sun-soaked skin; its holes breathe

virgin lips plump, yearn for a first kiss, weary of practicing

guilty for praying for my first kiss, selfish prayer, tears move

weaving between the holes in my dress as they fall to my chest

sulking as my legs, get me to the ferris wheel as I hear your voice

our tickets, holding my hand, let’s go and kiss the rest of this day

God unfolds the seeds of love as He fulfills my prayer in His way

-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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30 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Joni’s poetic piece is about inhibitions, innocence, and the natural want to feel loved. Youthful days are often filled with wishful thoughts, feelings, and delicate fears that are uncontrollable. I can picture this young girl and the sights and sounds around her. The Ferris Wheel is the perfect place to have one’s first kiss – it goes round and round while love makes the world go round.
    Congratulations Joni!

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Your summaries of my and other people’s work is literally amazing. It like you have this uncanny ability to see and feel everyone’s words so vividly and discuss or describe them. Thank you so much for such an incredibly summation of my piece. I love the last line, to be honest I never thought of that while I was writing this but you did. Thank you Terveen for your kind words. Have a great weekend. Hugs, Joni

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  2. Your imagery and words are so beautiful and truly though out to deliver such a poignant wonderful message Joni! So honest raw and filled with emotion. ❤️💞❤️

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Cindy what a lovely compliment, such thoughtful words, I appreciate your reading and enjoying the piece. Sorry I didn’t get to the comment sooner but we didn’t sleep much with the hurricane, loss of power, etc. We didn’t lose any trees, though and I know you love trees as well. Sending a big hugs and lots of love. Joni

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  3. Michele Lee says:

    Gorgeous imagery, Joni! 🎡💖

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Michele thank you so much for reading my piece here and for your lovely complement. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Sending you lots of hugs, Joni

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      1. Michele Lee says:

        You are welcome, Joni. All is well, thanks. Same to you! 🌸

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        1. jonicaggiano says:

          🦋🤗❤️🌟

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  4. A beautiful work of art filled with images and emotions.

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you Francis for your lovely words. I think most of remember that first kiss. It is a special time in our lives. Sending my love to you both. Joni

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      1. You’re very welcome Joni! Big hugs to you and Scott! Happy Sunday!

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  5. michnavs says:

    I am so amazed by your imagery Joni…i could see all the details through your words.

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Dearest Mich I am so glad that you enjoyed my poem. Thank you for always reading me here and leaving such a gracious compliment. Have an amazing weekend. Big hugs, Joni

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  6. Navin says:

    Absolutely beautiful…the imagery & the depth…filled with emotions…congratulations Joni ✨💟💫

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you so very much Navin for reading and your gracious comment. I am glad you felt the emotion. Have a blessed day my kind friend, hugs, Joni

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      1. Navin says:

        You’re welcome, dear Joni…thank you for your wishes…you too have a blessed day & week ahead ✨💟💫

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  7. Cassa Bassa says:

    Pure innocence! 💚💕

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you so much for reading and your right, I practiced kissing in a mirror. I was very innocent. Sending hugs and love, Joni

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  8. HensBlooms says:

    Beautiful Poetry Joni 🌸💕

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  9. HensBlooms says:

    How are you and your loved ones doing Joni, where you affected by the hurricane?

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      My dear Henrietta, you are so very thoughtful. We are not too far from Raleigh, NC. They had down graded the hurricane to a tropical storm and then back to a hurricane and we did get some scary wind, electrical storms and tons of rain. We were blessed as except for many limbs down in our yard we are find. Thank you so much for thinking of my family that means so much. What a sweet heart. Love Joni

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      1. HensBlooms says:

        I’m happy to hear that you and your loved ones are fine Joni. Take care and stay safe 🌸💕🤗

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        1. jonicaggiano says:

          Thank you for checking. How very thoughtful of you to think of us. Big hugs and happy Saturday.

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  10. I love the combination of the first kiss and the carnival! Delightful!

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  11. jonicaggiano says:

    Thank you so much Dawn, I always appreciate your thoughtful words and kindness. Hope your weekend is especially blessed, hugs, Joni

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  12. Jeff Flesch says:

    The voice of nature, love, and passion are so clear in your writes, Joni. This is beautiful. Sending hugs and love.

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  13. Delicious and sacred all at once Joni, I love it. ❤

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  14. jonicaggiano says:

    Thank you so much dear Trâm. I appreciate your reading me here. It means a lot to me, I haven’t figured out when you sleep. Blessings my friend. ❤️

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