Cassiopeia’s Bargain by Joni Caggiano

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Cassiopeia’s Bargain
by Joni Caggiano
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underneath the shadow of a manic and freshly mowed moon
drunk with a star from Cassiopeia and her erogenous tune

I wept tears of mad loss that crawled underneath your shut door
breaking up with me while sitting safe on your heartless floor

such words etched, and love we exchanged in your guarded space
lifeless flowers were revived with one look at your flawless face

an endangered species, your seductive powers given to only a few
dunes of white sand rearranging to fascinate and entice you

living at the end of a sculpted trail are tears to my woeful lonely bed
in my dreams, we play the music whose notes dance in red

@Joni Caggiano


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. jonicaggiano dice:

    Thank you so much Gabriela for publishing my poetry. It touches my heart deeply. Love Joni

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  2. what a beautifully sad composed poem Joni. I can feel the intensity of emotion you painted for us that we all can relate to. At least I can. As always you cast spells of opening hearts when you write my friend. Congratulations on this wonderful piece❣️

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  3. jonicaggiano dice:

    Thank you dear Cindy for reading. I appreciate your very gracious comment my friend. It is an honor to be here. Sending my love to you. xoxoxo Joni

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  4. Ingrid dice:

    A gorgeous poem Joni! ❤️

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  5. jonicaggiano dice:

    Ingrid thank you so kindly for reading and for your lovely comment. It means a lot to me. Hugs, Joni

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  6. Jeff Flesch dice:

    I adore your poetry, which you know, dear Joni; and, this piece is no exception. There is sadness and the realization of loss, yet I also get the juxtaposition of hope and a revival, if only in dreams. A gorgeous piece, my dear friend. Much love and many hugs to you. xoxoxo

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  7. Brad Osborne dice:

    Touching and emotional! Beautifully crafted with lovely imagery and wishful prayers. Well written, my friend!

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    1. jonicaggiano dice:

      Jeff thank you so much for your very gracious comment and for reading. I am always touched by your kind words. You don’t miss any of the content of a piece. You felt everything I hoped the reader would sense. I always try to leave the reader with hope in my work because it is something we all need.

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      1. Jeff Flesch dice:

        You’re always welcome, Joni. Reading your work is a blessing. Much love to you. xoxo

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    2. jonicaggiano dice:

      Brad you are so kind my dear friend. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. It means a lot to me coming from such a wonderful writer like yourself. Sending you my love, Jonikins

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  8. Terveen Gill dice:

    Sad and beautiful. There’s something so sacred about loss that it must be kept to oneself and worshipped in the loneliest moments. Joni, your words are filled with pain and raw emotion. Lovely!

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    1. jonicaggiano dice:

      Thank you so much for reading this piece Terveen and your lovely comment. I am touched by your kind remarks. It is often the case with love, I think we all have felt this feeling at sometime in our life. I am glad you felt the emotion in my words. Thank you so much again. Hugs, Joni

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  9. HensBlooms dice:

    Beautifully written poem filled with so much emotion. You are an amazing writer Joni🤗🌸💕

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  10. Americaoncoffee dice:

    Brilliant and metaphorically emphatic! 💐🍁🍮🍮 Morning coffee cheers for the new season dear Joni!

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