The Phoenix by Joni Caggiano

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The flaming outline of the Phoenix with flames around it
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A serpent turning

into a great bird

with wings of blue

and words I heard

killing and blood

death and sorrow

innocence crying

forgetting tomorrow

great his sword

wings shine white

serpent sailing high

God’s hand did smite

dazzling light rising

many souls ascend

heaven greets all

souls reside within


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Ten Things of Thankful – June 11 2022

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It’s TTOT time, believe it or not, I am back! Let’s hop to it.

  1. I am grateful to be mostly past this cold which slowed me down. 2. I am grateful that I am recovered from surgery and the pathological report was benign. 3. I am grateful that my love and I will be getting married soon. 4. I am grateful that I was able to go live with a book yesterday. 5. I am grateful that the weather has been kind to us. 6. I am grateful that the pool is open. 6. I am grateful that daughter has been successfully entered into an adult day program. 7. I am grateful that there are those among us who make things happen. 8. I am grateful for facial tissues. 9. I am grateful for each day I breathe and night I sleep. 10. I am grateful for you.

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Social Justice Inks – Anthology of Poetry is LIVE

cover art by Kay Payne

We are beyond excited to announce that Social Justice Inks – Anthology of Poetry is available on Amazon and many other online stores, there is also an ePub available via Lulu. Here are the Links:


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On June 20 at 7 p.m. EST there will be a Book Launch to celebrate with the participating poets. We hope you will join us.


This all started from this session:

You see, I was planning to do another anthology for 2022, following the Heart Beats anthology of 2021. It seemed most appropriate to go to these most important topics. And, before we knew it, it became real.

A special shout out to Zaneta Varnado Johns for her dedication as Co-Editor for this anthology. It made a huge difference to have this assistance.

We hope to see you on June 20, the dedicated date to recognize Juneteenth.


We Grow Together

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We Grow Together

You leaned over me, to shade me from harm
You poised your strengthened arms for true support
Hoisted, crawled up to your bough, strong with arms 
You welcomed me into your nature fort

Your girth reminds me of my own true strength
When life of wanders strengthened my own thighs
Your size reminds me of my life’s own length
How when we grow together we reach skies

Dare we plan a life, as my journal fills
To plan a destiny, filled with hope sought
Your own ancestors pulp gave me the will 
To document a life well-worn from thought

Together we are ready for our cause
You present to me ready without pause

Lisa Tomey May 9, 2022

This poem is in response to the weekly Living Poetry Prompt