ardor cuts into the soles of my feet
blood stirring as I run to the sea
leaves of green grow from each finger
seaweed flowing from my head in curls
moon tips his hat and crawls low with ease
I am the belly of the sea, and you hold my heart
warm water melts me into the arms of life where I start
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.