Naked & Rough Skin by Navin Manik

Naked & Rough Skin
by Navin Manik

Author’s sites:
Instagram: @navinspoetry_

Please don’t breathe on me with ease
Coz I’m gonna freeze your breeze with my heat

You seem to see me as if I’m a treat
But I’m here to trick your deeds with chills of my screams

You can’t hit me with crazy speed in this scene
I’m already bleeding ink while I stand here on my feet

Just don’t bleach me with your preaching
Coz then I’ll breach you with my beast & reel you for real

Can you see I’m tearing your sheets in pieces?
It’s to reveal the beautiful being on your fluid screen

Can you feel I’m breaking meaningless labels so weak?
It’s to fill the space with nothingness from the deep

Can you listen to the beats of this raw sea?
It’s just me burning freely my naked & rough skin

@Navin Manik


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. Ingrid dice:

    A wonderful poem of personal freedom!

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    1. Navin dice:

      Thank you very much, Ingrid.

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  2. Wow Navin what a powerful piece!💖👏

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    1. Navin dice:

      My gratitude, Cindy 🙏🤍✨

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      1. You are so welcome Navin! 💖🙏❤️

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  3. Navin dice:

    Thank you very much Gabriela & MasticadoresUSA for publishing my poem…I’m truly honoured ✨❤🙏

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    1. Wonderful poem Navin. It’s a pleasure to have your work here.

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      1. Navin dice:

        Thank you very much for your kindness & support, dear Gabriela 🙏✨❤️💫

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      2. My pleasure 🌺🌸🌹

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  4. jonicaggiano dice:

    Congratulations Navin, this is a powerful piece! Beautifully written, and for me expresses how our skin does not contain the deep emotions that we often feel. In fact we are often exploding with emotion and feelings on the inside. I love the fact that you used your own close up photograph. This was the perfect photograph for this piece Navin. Your photo was brilliant. Great writing. Hugs to you Navin, Joni

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    1. Navin dice:

      Oh wow….thank you very much for your lovely & heartfelt words…I’m glad to you liked my poem…I felt this picture of mine was perfect for the poem….much love, dear Joni ✨

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      1. jonicaggiano dice:

        You are so welcome, it was my pleasure to read. Sending my love. ❤️Joni

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      2. Navin dice:

        Thank you once again, Joni…sending love & wishing you a lovely & peaceful weekend ❤️

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      3. jonicaggiano dice:

        Thank you so much Navin. Your writing is so raw and it is real and I wish I could just tell you how much you are loved. We all are. You have a lovely and peaceful weekend too. Love ❤️ Joni

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      4. Navin dice:


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  5. Jeff Flesch dice:

    Such a sublime poem, dearest Navin. I could read it again and again and never tire of it. Much love to you, my friend. ❤️☺️🌺

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  6. Congratulations Navin for being featured in Masticadores back in Octuber 2021..long before I read your poetry. This poem is full of intensity…deep confidence, so assured of your own role in this dance. Hearing it spoken by you, brings the words and your image into one powerful view… Whoever might be listening on the other end..I hope they paid attention to what you were saying.. Very strong, almost like a threat and then a raw invitation to know you really…really know you… Amazing!

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