IN THE HOURS OF CARE by Jay Mora-Shihadeh

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by Jay Mora-Shihadeh
[author’s site]

in the hours of care
a rabbit dodges a shooting
and hobbits
into a hole in the ground

grasses burn and pencil a path
crooked footings land
grounded in sand

sun crescents the ridge
in orange
glares linger and forage
the forest floor
to feast free from famine

to full-bellied man
hear me now-
let the beasts live
and the moon be stilled
quiet, hanging in cradles
of babes

and over moorings and marshes
and soldiers’ graves.

let them all live in peace
in this,
in this-
in the hours of care.

@Jay Mora-Shihadeh


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 talented writers of poetry and short prose. We primarily publish writers who write in English, and are based in the USA. However, while the publication language remains English, we also welcome the work of our fellow writers from all over the world.

What do we want to bring to our readers? Edgar Allan Poe once wrote: Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. This is what we are committed to bringing to you. And that’s not an easy endeavor. 


If you want to submit, please send your work – poetry and/or short prose – to In addition to the piece(s), you want to have published, we need your name, and the address of your site. Submit your work as a docx attachment – not in the body of the email. Limit your submission to two pieces.  We do not accept pieces longer than 300 words.

What are the themes that we are looking for? Surprise us!

However, MasticadoresUSA does not publish any work that contains racist, homophobic, sexist, and hate talk of any kind.

Looking forward to your submissions. 

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