The Floral Wall – A Collaboration

Joni was inspired by my photos to write a poem. It was an idea I loved, knowing how sensitive and atmospheric her poetry is. Here is the collaboration. Enjoy!

Rum and Robots

A Collaboration between Joni and Stuart Aken, Photos by Stuart. Please visit Stuart’s website for his photography and publications - Poem by Joni Caggiano

cracks in the old stone cry out to me
like a whimpering fairy with golden eyes
smooth the aging skin upon the river swept rocks
sweltering and charming with a parasol reflection of a red hot sun

when you rub their skin, it is soft
alike a new pup’s underbelly, so yielding
as lovers, we often lean upon her stony surface
you are the royal stem holding my maiden flower within your arms

our gait hastens as pores bleed
with a craving so intense our wrapping
a silk cocoon binding our bodies with opulent smells
consuming us entirely, we reach our field of spotted flowers, our nest

we spread our blanket with purpose
untying my corset ribbons, your breath quickens
naked I can feel…

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