Mindless Brain by Navin Manik

Mindless Brainby Navin Manik Author’s sites:Website Instagram: @navinspoetry_ The drops in veinsAre the thoughts insaneThe talk in vainIs to prompt the phaseThe song I sangI drop the faceThe sign that raysThe darkest dayIt’s time to raceAnd write the dateTo account the rateOf the countless deathsOf the tiny cellsThat reside in shadesOf the mindless brain The…

A Walk in Winter by Timothy Price

A Walk in Winterby Timothy Price[author’s site] Mountains blush fromSunlight’s kissesDay bids all goodnightClear sky coldDressed in blueTries on pink under gray Nighttime dresses darknessPulls on black same old way Branches curlUnder clear cold nightCircles sliver moonCranes settle, evening callsBreeze whips up spiritsChoked on dust as twilight twirls Only hoot owls dare to flySilently through…

I’M ONLY SLEEPING by Nancy Richy

I’M ONLY SLEEPINGby Nancy Richy[author’s site] Where am I? What’s happening? I thought I heard screams in the night. Could I have been dreaming? I’m supposed to be sleeping, waiting for the Spring. It’s too soon to be warming up like this. My lower extremities are aching like someone’s been tugging on them but I’m…

Let’s Listen to the Leaves by Shailja Sharma

Let’s Listen to the Leavesby Shailja SharmaFollow on Twitter: @drshailjasharma Away from the urban jungleLush green leaves gently converse with each otherLife swims slowly like a calm swanSweet streets with handful foot-printsThe air is innocentLife lives differently in villagesUnlike how it behaves in a cityThe rain pours heavy hereWith raindrops without musicAnd diluted with some…

Wax by Sarika Jaswani

Wax by Sarika Jaswani author’s sites: WordPress Blogspot Twitter I melt in wax of our poetryEnkindled in crimson flame of words In balmy amber warmth layBits of me and crumbs of you scattered As jasmine musk’s of our shapesSoftly fades in our starry staresAnd dewy sighs Last of dusky etherWill have soaked and lushed our…

To my Mother by Virginia Mateias

To my Motherby Virginia Mateias [author’s site] My history revolves around a throng of wheels – of cars, planes and trainsAnd around the futile load of fear, pain, unrest, and dismay.Oh, the sound of that trolley that she pushedReturning from the market!Oh! that puckish sound: tick tock, tick tock!Those unseen clocks, the treacherous wheels,Feasting on…

Ariel’s Song by Dawn Pisturino

Ariel’s Songby Dawn Pisturino[author’s site] Ariel sings a lusty song Of ships upon the sea, And ere the night is very long, Her spell is cast on me. She spins a web of intrigue, She tells a tale of woe; And when the sun is waxing big, I do not want to go, —       …

Beautiful Things by Ingrid Wilson

Beautiful Thingsby Ingrid Wilson[author’s site] Beautiful thingsare coming your waylike the light in the eastwhich beams into broad day:do not be afraid,through the hard times, abidefor beauty, like truthburns within blazes wide. @Ingrid Wilson ABOUT US  Welcome to MasticadoresUSA. MasticadoresUSA was founded by Juan Re Crivello as part of Gobblers/Masticadores in 2021. Its current editor is Gabriela Marie Milton. MasticadoresUSA features…

your ever loving midst by Jeff Flesch

your ever loving midstby Jeff Flesch[author’s site] eyes,shining bright,just like the starson the clearest night when youfirstcame intoview,I beganto retreat,and youbid me adieu for a moment… holdinghands togetherthat first time, wassomethingextraordinarilysublime reflectioncan give wayto temptationof the rarest kind,so it’s our jobto staybalanced in mind,and allowour hearts to shine forth, bearing giftsthat become staplesof a tryst,we…

Masticadores breaks a new record!

We have broken a new record of readers, and of them 25% of readers in English. And we continue to fight to expand, in addition to the Spanish language, the content in Romanian, Italian, and Portuguese. I thank the writers who bring it to life, and its editors / es Gabriela Marie Milton MUsa, Terveen…

Apple woman by Rene Hunter

Apple woman by Rene Hunter[author’s site] A hummingbird is  etched at the nape of her neck between a shiver of shoulders.It hovers like a tiny moon sipping cruets of honeysuckle.Her’s   is a war of emotion,  a chisel of shame or the begging tongue of a starving feral.Breasts that rest on pale slopes defeat and yet define her. Her apple…

My Queen’s Beauty by Chisom-Nonso Henry Chukwuma

My queen’s beautyBy Chisom–Nonso Henry Chukwuma[author’s site] I owe my queen a tribute to her beauty,I’ll stand where the ocean ends and profess it,On the mountain top, I’ll cry and echo it aloud; You’re a dazzling bright lightEven amidst thick dark smoke,Your face twinkles and glitters like a star; Dazzling like a diamond in the…

The Boring World by Dominic Alapat

The Boring Worldby Dominic Alapat[author’s site] is greyand raindrops fallmaking this bored soundtwo women talkbut it makes no difference to methe wetness has stolen my tongueand the ladies laugh nowand then for a momentI feel their mirthand then it is goneand a man talks on his mobileand it is a monotone in my headas the…

Hitman by Timothy Price

Hitmanby Timothy Price[author’s site] August sixth nineteen seventy oneJulio made his first hitHe was only seventeen at the timeUncle Cicero was too sickHe asked Julio to do the jobA simple job indeedHe only needed to kill a manFor a Coca-Cola you see “But it’s not right to kill a mandoesn’t the good book say?»Thou salt…

Perpetual Pain by Susi Bocks

Perpetual Painby Susi Bocks[author’s site] no one told methe days of mourninglinger for years those unforgotten bring usmore bitter than sweet memoriesunexpectedly and forcefully it rises up within ustears well and overflow incessantlythis insanity of grief, tortuous when you love hardyou hurt moredeath really kills two people @Susi Bocks ABOUT US  Welcome to MasticadoresUSA. MasticadoresUSA…

NOWHERE MAN by Nancy Richy

NOWHERE MANby Nancy Richy[author’s site] Vivian looked up from her book and stared at her husband Ray as he fiddled with his iPod. At one time he knew every little detail about that thing; now the device totally confused him. In frustration Ray cursed and threw the iPod across the room.  “Damn thing’s busted!” he yelled. …

Naked & Rough Skin by Navin Manik

Naked & Rough Skinby Navin Manik Author’s sites:Website Instagram: @navinspoetry_ Please don’t breathe on me with easeCoz I’m gonna freeze your breeze with my heat You seem to see me as if I’m a treatBut I’m here to trick your deeds with chills of my screams You can’t hit me with crazy speed in this…

something altogether unbelievable by Jeff Flesch

something altogether unbelievableby Jeff Flesch[author’s site] the iridescentlampcasts a shadowover the carnageseen, within the myriadof momentstaken away from me as lifeis illuminatedtoo slowly,casting a netover the protrudingmassesof fibers and tissuesfallen from the skywith so many bloody issues and, then failurebecomes imminent,quickly outpacingthe need,showing upagain and again,making my heart grimaceas pain radiatesthrough the entiretyof my beingness…

She’s a Good Witch by Phil Perkins

She’s a Good Witchby Phil Perkins[author’s site] She’s a good witchThe spells are realHer magic worked on me Within a wishShe’d wink an eyeAnd thoughts would come to be With no defenseI’m at her whimAnd yes, she likes to play She wears me outThen props me upEach evening every day Don’t get me wrongI love…