Freedom by Shailja Sharma

Lisbon Bridge – image provided by the author

by Shailja Sharma
Follow on Twitter: @drshailjasharma

Freedom is coming
Oxygen is spreading out
The fear is decreasing
Day by day
Decade by decade
Breathing slowly
With no rush to be anywhere
I am where I
Was meant to be
On the bridge
Of this breath
The bridge is
The destination
It’s pure freedom

@Shailja Sharma


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. 

8 Comentarios Agrega el tuyo

  1. Michele Lee dice:

    Lovely! A sense of enjoying the moment.

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  2. SelmaMartin dice:

    We are where we’re meant to be. Yes. So true. Love the moment or else, right? Thanks for sharing this lovely piece. Enjoyed it. 👏

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    1. Absolutely, yes. Thanks for your kind comment.

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  3. Ingrid dice:

    Mesmerising words!

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    1. Absolutely!! Thanks so much for your kind comment!

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  4. jonicaggiano dice:

    What a refreshing piece. It made me want to take a big breath. Lovely.

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  5. Such a breath of fresh air Shailja! 💖 Excellent!

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