Stigmata by Joni Caggiano

An abstract image of a woman in a white dress seated on the ground with angelic wings and doves flying behind her
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floating by the cemetery

rays lower, reflecting lurid light

my plumes shadow ashes calmly sleeping

effigies of angels sing the language of turtle doves

smelling vanilla, gardenia and the aromas of honey suckle

as whispers of a stigmata arose from her crypt as perfumed fluids flow


Joni is an internationally known and published poet, photographer, and author.  She is a co-author of the Amazon #1 bestselling poetry anthology “Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women”, and the upcoming poetry anthology, “Hidden in Childhood” to be released late January 2023 by Literary Revelations.  She is a regular contributor to MasticadoresIndia and a regular contributor to MasticadoresUSA and Spillwords Press NYC, where she has been twice nominated and won Publication of the Month for, “Love Me Like a Luna”, (November 2022).  As a surviving Adult Child of Alcoholics (ACOA), Joni’s blog is Rum and Robots and her complete list of books, anthologies, magazines and contests can be found at Joni Caggiano’s Publications.  Joni’s blog is an effort to help other ACOAs through faith and a strong kinship with nature.  Joni is also a retired nurse.

You can also read her writing on Instagram @jonicaggiano and Twitter @theinnerchild1.

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Joni’s poetry offers the reader so much to visualize and imagine. Her words arouse the senses to see, hear, smell, and feel, ponder upon the bond shared by life and death. Either has its sanctity and miracles to offer, spiritual awakening not bound by the limits of mortality. There are plenty of signs to bear witness to as the soul searches for its lessons in the garb of a physical being.
    Congratulations Joni!

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you so much Terveen for your beautiful comment. I truly appreciate your beautiful words. I too, agree there are many miracles happening every day. Hoping you have a blessed and wonderful day. Lots of hugs, Joni

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  2. Joni, you have painted another masterpiece with this beautiful poem. Lots of love, peace and blessings to you both.

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you Francis, I have always been fascinated with the Stigmata. I can’t believe what their bodies have endured. Of course St. Francis was the most famous and the one whose painting is above. He lived only two years after he got the wounds of Christ. Thank you so much for reading and your comment. Big hugs and love to you two, Joni

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      1. I love St. Francis, and although I was educated by the Jesuits, I always loved the Franciscan ideal. Thank you Joni. Big hugs to you both as well. All the best.

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        1. jonicaggiano says:

          Yes, I do too, Francis. I wonder perhaps if that is where you name may have come. I was doing a lot of researching last night to decide which stigmata to use for the photograph and of course St. Francis came to mind as he was not only the first but his wounds always bleed and is likely why he lived only two years after being given the wounds of Christ. I have studied quite a bit about “stigmata” and thought about how very difficult that life would truly be. Blessings to you two as well.

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        2. All the best to you and Scott, Love to you both.

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        3. jonicaggiano says:

          Thank you Francis, and always the same to you two.

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        4. Always a pleasure Joni.

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  3. Meelosmom says:

    Joni, the stigmata fascinates me. Thank you for capturing it so vividly! I’m always impressed by your work!

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    1. jonicaggiano says:

      Thank you so Barbara for your very kind comment. I have a large book about stigmas which I read and then lost when we had to pack much of our belongings for some work we had done on our hardwoods. I too, have found the life of the stigmata to be so suffering but also the way they are studied. They all seem to suffer so much most are bed ridden at a very early age from all kinds of health issues. Not surprising in that you need blood and many quit drinking any water and would just take the eucharist. I am glad you found the subject fascinating. Have a blessed day full of wonder, Joni

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  4. 13rrance says:

    Mlle Joni, it is a very vivid poem as Barbara already said.

    I love how your poetry is always deeply rooted in myths, lore and knowledge. I admire that, as mine is very more lightheaded. It is impressive in being able to do that.

    The finale is quite strong… as whispers of a stigmata arose from her crypt 

    Thank you

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  5. I love the imagery in your poem, Joni! It’s beautiful as well as spiritual.

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  6. The sobriety of the poem is very graphic here, Joni. So much to ponder and visualize. The stigma of pain is so relevant. Hugs, Shobana

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