My child by Ellie Onka

My child
by Ellie Onka
[author’s site]

The child spire of a heart,
Medusa held it well
with her ophidians, 
O’ the moon falls
from ocean stead; and I push 
away the countless heads at my feet,
I do not want a single one.

Drinking the language
feet pigeonhole 
under the moon’s burrow
in the cattle blood
a war colonized; in another life,
the first to live and last to die,

Crumble, like a butterfly’s bones
in the heaving frost; to reap
from a hermit, images from the mind
that unwind like the hibiscus crown,
his ship of blood
roots from his skin; in sleep,
billows the Death Valley 
and its libido, decapitating 
rosacea-carmine. Fetuses
in women, man, whispered
as all that have fallen.

@ Ellie Onka


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. Timothy Price dice:

    Excellent poem.

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    1. Lucy dice:

      Thank you, Timothy!

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  2. Ingrid dice:

    Breathtaking poetry!

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  3. Jeff Flesch dice:

    Beautiful and powerful, as always, Lucy. ❤️

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    1. Lucy dice:

      Thank you so much, Jeff. ❤ ❤

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      1. Jeff Flesch dice:

        You’re welcome. Always. ❤️

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