Aftermath of love by Punam

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Aftermath of love
by Punam
[author’s site]

We walked miles with blistered feet across the burlywood desert of opposition
and lay bare entwined under the
puce blanket of the firmament

You promised me unending sunsets of amaranth velvetiness
magical nights under the jacaranda tree mellowed by passion

lazy cerulean days lounged and laughed with gay abandon
liquid sunshine afternoons basked and lingered in coffee cups

sun played hide and seek on ancient moss covered feldgrau walls
as we exchanged eternal love soaked vows to never part

of all the rainbow hued love stories whispered in my ears
not one mentioned the fading tints of aftermath of love

wishes now wither within my bosom before they can bloom
sunsets are wishy washy and nights; insufferable monotones of black.



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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  1. Honoured to be featured here, Gabriela! Thanks so much. ❤️🙏🏼

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    1. I am honored to have you here Punam.

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  2. Ingrid dice:

    Wonderfully rich imagery, and such a turnaround from light into darkness!

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    1. Ingrid, thank you so much! I am glad that came through.

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  3. Jaya Avendel dice:

    A lovely and rich piece resplendant not only with nature’s harshness but also its comforts.

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    1. That is so wonderful of you to say! Thanks a lot, Jaya.

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  4. jonicaggiano dice:

    Lovely visuals and metaphors throughout this beautiful piece. Every stanza is filled with emotions. Both the beginning and ending were powerful expressions of love.

    Happy to meet you here. Looking forward to reading more of your beautiful pieces! Joni

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    1. Joni, I am humbled by your words. Thanks a lot for your appreciation.

      Happy to meet you too!

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      1. jonicaggiano dice:

        My pleasure. Your work was so lovely. Have a blessed day. ❤️

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  5. Hello Welcome to Masticadores! Thanks for collaborating Greetings J re crivello

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    1. Thank you kindly! Believe me it is an honour to be here.
      Thanks for the opportunity.

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  6. ivor20 dice:

    Congratulations Punam, your is full of colourful imagery, and the melancholy finale added more spice to grand picture ..

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    1. Thanks so much, Ivor for your lovely words.

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      1. ivor20 dice:

        My pleasure..

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  7. Sadje dice:

    Fantastic poem Punam.

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    1. Thanks a lot, dear Sadje.

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      1. Sadje dice:

        You’re always welcome my dear

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  8. murisopsis dice:

    Punam this one is filled with the promise of everlasting love and the reality of what happens when that love fades. It is both breath takingly beautiful and soul crushingly sad… Wonderfully wrought!

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    1. You are absolutely right, Val…when love fades it can be soul crushingly sad! Thanks so much.

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  9. Jeff Flesch dice:

    Brilliantly crafted and delivered, dear Punam. I love how the elegance of the poem plays so well with its rawness. I adore this poem. ❤️🙏

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    1. Thanks a lot, dear Jeff for your lovely compliment. ❤️

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      1. Jeff Flesch dice:

        You’re most welcome, dear Punam. Is always my pleasure. ❤️🙏

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  10. Thanks a lot, dear Sadje.

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