“Southern Rising” by Joni Karen Caggiano

snow lays reticent, a virgin blanket
covers nature like a gentle quilt
thick white breath journeys on
through dated chimney stones
black iron stove warms mama
making flour bread in iron skillet
tiny portions of salt pork, browns
smell of fresh coffee clings to walls
grits gurgle in pot, red-eye gravy
sizzles in sauté pan, a southern relish
sun shines on icicles made of glass
stirring as music notes shift in song
blue jay mimics hawk, on winter holly
her skill mixing smells like magic
dough rising in twin wood bowls  
along with smiles of my expectation
beams of love given through a meal
dusting small hands on flour sack apron
cinnamon buns like bites of heaven
rise, buttered, and served by seven

Copyright © 2022 Joni Karen Caggiano
All Rights Reserved

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 contributed to several other anthologies.  She is a regular contributor to MasticadoresIndia and a frequent 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” (https://www.the-inner-child.com) and her complete list of books, anthologies, magazines and contests can be found in her blog’s publications page (https://www.the-inner-child.com/publications/).  Joni’s blog is an effort to help other ACOAs through faith and a strong kinship with nature. Joni is a retired nurse living in North Carolina.

instagram: @jonicaggiano

twitter:  @theinnerchild1

Featured Image: courtesy of HistoryDaily.org via Pinterest (circa 1910 Kitchen)

Editor: Barbara Harris Leonhard

Amazon Best-Selling Author

Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir (EIF-Experiments in Fiction, 2022)

Pushcart Nominee, 2022

MasticadoresUSA is open for submissions. Send Submissions to meelosmom@gmail.com

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Divider Image: by GDJ on Pixabay

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  1. This was a complete delight! Joni, you are a wonderful writer, poet, artist! And I must say quite an asset to MasticadoresUSA! Cheers Barbara for this phenomenal post which I have enjoyed tremendously.

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    1. jonicaggiano dice:

      Thank you so much my friend. I appreciate all your very lovely words indeed. I appreciate you reading very much. Have a blessed day. 🦋🌹

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      1. You’re very welcome Joni, it is always my pleasure. ⚘️

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    2. Meelosmom dice:

      Thank you, Francisco! I love receiving poetry from the MasticadoresUSA family.

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      1. You’re very welcome Barbara and it is quite a lovely family!

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  2. Mike U. dice:

    The imagery here is so vibrant I can smell the aromas of the food being cooked. Such detail and care obviously went into this poem, and it shows in the loving way you’ve presented this piece. Beautiful writing, Joni–another masterpiece, my friend! 🙂

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    1. jonicaggiano dice:

      Dear Mike, thank you so much for your gracious words. They are so thoughtful. My mother was a wonderful cook. The house did smell wonderful when she made her cinnamon rolls. Big hugs, Joni

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  3. kenhume31 dice:

    «snow lays reticent, a virgin blanket
    covers nature like a gentle quilt»

    Love these opening lines Joni, they’re just beautiful! 👌👏❤️ And the one about «fresh coffee clinging to the walls» is a fantastic description of the caffeine aroma!👏👏😁😁

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    1. jonicaggiano dice:

      Ken thank you. I appreciate you reading my work. I am glad you liked the opening lines. Coffee has away of breathing life into a house. I hope you have an amazing day and thanks again Ken. Big Hugs, Joni

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      1. kenhume31 dice:

        Always a pleasure reading your work Joni! 😁 It just bleeds with imagery and life. Hope you’ve an amazing day too! 🙏🤞😁

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      2. jonicaggiano dice:

        Thank you Ken so much. 🌹🦋❤️

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  4. KK dice:

    So beautiful, Joni! Loved the imagery and lovely words! Many many congratulations 🎉 ❤️

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    1. jonicaggiano dice:

      KK, thank you so very much. I am glad you like the imagery. This would have been more like my mother’s kitchen would have looked like as they were extremely poor and lived in a barn at one time, with twelve children. Still, when my momma cooked, and she was a wonderful cook, it was sone with love. Thank you so much again KK, much love, Joni

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  5. Terveen Gill dice:

    Can definitely feel the love in the smells and descriptions of a home cooked hearty meal. This poem is a platter of delicious flavors. Great writing!

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    1. jonicaggiano dice:

      Thank you Terveen, so much indeed, my mom truly showed her love through cooking. It is so late you should be eating. Sending big blessings to you my friend. Big hugs also. 🦋🌹🌺

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  6. Smitha V dice:

    This was such a feel-good poem, Joni. I totally loved the imagery. It warmed me, even as a cold wave hits our city, and we sit in our homes, frozen.

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    1. jonicaggiano dice:

      Well I certainly hope you get heat back on at least. Yes hearing about my mothers cooking would make anyone hungry. I do pray you have hear and stay safe. Sending love and prayers for heat, food and electricity. Sending warm prayers. Love Joni 🦋🌹❤️

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      1. Smitha V dice:

        Thank you,Joni❤️. I’m glad we met through Masticadores. Am following your blog now. Love

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  7. I’m always impressed with how you can write so effortlessly at times and yet it still reads so eloquently. You’re quite something, Joni!

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    1. jonicaggiano dice:

      Thank you dear friend. Well your story writing abilities surprise me. God graciously provides us with many gifts. Big blessings my friend. 🦋🌹❤️

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  8. KK dice:

    You’re welcome, Joni! My regards to your mom 🙏💐💖🙏

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    1. Yes! Let it be that way always! 💫

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      1. jonicaggiano dice:

        I wonder why we don’t see you on one of these magazines. There are three now for English and I know that MasticadoresIndia and MasticadoresUSA are accepting submissions and you are a wonderful story teller. Also, Manuela Timofte who writes for MasticadoresRomania may be looking too. These are all such lovely people to work with. Terveen loves a great story teller and that is certainly you. I am still working on my skills but perhaps you are too busy. So many talented people and such talented poets that commented here that could submit their work. Sending you a big hug and I really do appreciate your kind words as your story telling is amazing. Joni xoxoxo

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      2. Meelosmom dice:

        Joni, thank you for your support to Masticadores! You are so right. I know all the editors welcome submissions. When I became editor of MasticadoresUSA, I stepped into a beautiful community of authors and artists. ♥️

        About Us and the New Submission Guidelines

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      3. That’s lovely of you to say, Joni. I used to be involved when Gabriela was at MasticadoresUSA. Since then some things have changed, I’ve become busy with my site and a new project I’m working on and I feel like I’m spreading myself too thin when I start contributing my stories instead of spending the time writing new ones. It’s definitely something to keep in mind and I’ll remember this conversation. Please feel free to send me links where I can contribute my work, if you have the time, especially to Terveen. It’s something to think about. Thanks for your ever-gracious comments, Joni; I truly appreciate you. ❣️

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      4. Meelosmom dice:

        If you ever have time, I would love it if you would submit to zmasticadoresUSA again. 🤗

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  9. I love your imagery and writing so warm and inviting and I can smell it all the way from here Joni! 💗

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    1. jonicaggiano dice:

      Thank you KK. Unfortunately my parents both committed suicide before I was thirty. I especially miss talking to my mom. Thank you so much for such a kind sentiment. You are truly a talented and thoughtful man. Hugs and love ❤️

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      1. I do recall this Joni and such a devastation for you to have to experience. You are a testament of live every after and your family a gift that I’m so grateful you have Joni! . Hugs and love to you.. what this to someone else? You said man.. xo❤️

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      2. Meelosmom dice:

        So so sorry to hear of their suicides, Joni. I’ve been affected by three suicides. There are only victims, no solutions, with a suicide.

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    2. jonicaggiano dice:

      Thank you so much Cindy for reading and your very sweet comment. It touched me. 🦋🌹❤️🙏

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      1. It’s always a treasured gift to read you my dear friend! I’m happy to know that! 💞

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    3. jonicaggiano dice:

      Thank you so much Cindy, my mom did make the house smell so wonderful when she cooked. I have some fond memories about her in regards to the love she put into her baking especially. I am betting you too are an amazing cook Cindy. Looking forward to your next post. Sending big hugs and love, Joni

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      1. You’re so welcome Joni!!! Oh that’s a lovely memory. I went light on my Childhood memories for G’s book.. Not sure if you saw me read it on Fri-Yay Funday but I did have fun with it. Take a peek when you get a chance. I actually can cook and do well and like it when I have time. Key word.
        I appreciate you. Love and hugs to you as well! 💗

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    1. jonicaggiano dice:

      Thank you for the reblog, my kind friend 🙏❤️

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      1. jbcowgill dice:

        You are very graciously welcome oh wonderful lady.

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      2. jonicaggiano dice:

        Blessings my dear friend. 🌹🦋❤️🌹🦋

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  10. Meelosmom dice:

    Joni, thank you for your beautiful submission! I’m also from a large family, and Mom cooked meals from scratch. Your poem brought back memories for me!

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    1. jonicaggiano dice:

      I am so glad it hopefully brought back some good memories for you Barbara. It is truly a labor of love when someone bakes from scratch, especially cinnamon rolls and cream puffs made with real custard and chocolate on top. Yummy, Barbara I am making myself hungry. Great big hugs, Joni

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      1. Meelosmom dice:

        I cook and bake from scratch too as I helped Mom a lot. She’s the reason I can bake bread! Oh, and pies! I recall how much she had to prepare for 7 kids. In my book Three-Penny Memories, I want kidding when I said that she baked 12 homemade pizzas – crusts and all, even her own sauce stretched out on cookie sheets- to feed us at a time. The leftovers became breakfast at least for me!
        She was on her feet a lot. I’m so grateful. ♥️

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  11. Ingrid dice:

    Beautifully written and evocative, Joni! 🙂

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    1. jonicaggiano dice:

      Thank you so much for reading Ingrid and the very kind comment. Hope your weekend is a blessed one. Big hugs, Joni

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  12. Layla Todd dice:

    Gorgeous imagery! ❤

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    1. jonicaggiano dice:

      Hello Layla, hope life has been good to you and you are enjoying your campus life! Thank you so much for reading and the kind comment. Big hugs, Joni

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  13. HensBlooms dice:

    Wonderful poetry dear Joni, you are amazing❤️

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