sabotage by Nancy Elliott

sabotage
by Nancy Elliot
[author’s site]

they said they cared
and you believed it was true
every single time.
how could trust come back
again and again
after each undermined effort,
each bewildered loss,
each stolen idea,
each proud moment mocked,
each tear-stained reflection in the mirror,
each echo of smug laughter?
you break the trail with hope,
lugging your ever-rekindled faith,
always finding it leads
to the same abandoned place.
this time, this time,
look beyond, to those fields of blooms.
bearing the sabot’s bruises,
dare to go alone.

@Nancy Elliott

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. 

16 Comentarios Agrega el tuyo

  1. ivor20 dice:

    A superb finale 3 lines …
    “time, look beyond, to those fields of blooms.
    bearing the sabot’s bruises,
    dare to go alone.”

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    1. earthskyair dice:

      Your kind words are much appreciated! I am grateful to be included here! 🌷

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  2. jonicaggiano dice:

    This is beautifully provocative. Many questions and lots of pain expressed. I especially liked these lines:

    “after each undermined effort,
    each bewildered loss,
    each stolen idea,
    each proud moment mocked,
    each tear-stained reflection in the mirror,
    each echo of smug laughter?”

    Beautifully written.

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    1. earthskyair dice:

      Thank you so much, Joni!🌷

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      1. jonicaggiano dice:

        My pleasure. 🌷🌷

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  3. Timothy Price dice:

    Wonderful.

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  4. earthskyair dice:

    I so appreciate your comment!🌷

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  5. earthskyair dice:

    I am so grateful to Gabriela Marie Milton for including my work here, and for everyone’s thoughtful readings and comments.🌷

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  6. Ingrid dice:

    Such powerful and resonant lines! There comes a time when we all must dare to go alone.

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    1. earthskyair dice:

      Yes, there definitely comes a time! Thank you!🌷

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  7. Lucy dice:

    This truly is powerful. I especially adored this part:

    “you break the trail with hope,
    lugging your ever-rekindled faith,
    always finding it leads
    to the same abandoned place.
    this time, this time,
    look beyond, to those fields of blooms.
    bearing the sabot’s bruises,
    dare to go alone.”

    Beautiful and heartfelt.

    Le gusta a 1 persona

  8. earthskyair dice:

    Thank you so much! 🌷

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  9. Heartfelt and difficult as you bridge the path Nancy. 💖

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