The Nihilists’ by Ty Gardner

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The Nihilists’
by Ty Gardner
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We lived as doors.
Revolving.
Swinging open.
Closing.
A promise to beyond, leading somewhere.
Anywhere.
Nowhere.

Like the synchronized crinkle-tearing of paper hearts,
we were wild in love, spreading passion-fire far and wide.

She was top-down-with-the-wind-in-your-hair cool,
the sun glinting off her vintage 60s style cat-frame sunglasses,
and I wanted to drive with her down all the old streets they sang about in the classics.

But the nihilists’ were at it; boozenly strolling between bars and burnt pavement.
We felt it then, the blackened heart of death clouds bringing the rains to snuff and smolder us. To put us out the way only time can.

I’d hoped it wouldn’t come to that, but you can’t feel the splendor
of clouds without knowing the terror of turbulence. 
We were ready to die for love, to hand our heart off to headstones.

@Ty Gardner

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 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. 

SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES 

If you want to submit, please send your work – poetry and/or short prose – to gabrielamariemilton@gmail.com. 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. jonicaggiano dice:

    I love this piece Ty as it speaks to the lack of concern for anything or anybody, not to mention our mother earth. It also makes me wonder what creates a Nihilist, and feeds into that thinking which is inherently a completely selfish lifestyle or way of living. I really enjoyed these lines:

    “But the nihilists’ were at it; boozenly strolling between bars and burnt pavement.
    We felt it then, the blackened heart of death clouds bringing the rains to snuff and smolder us. To put us out the way only time can.”

    The ending was provocative, sad, and beautiful at the same time. It certainly makes one think. Joni

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