There is a place by Jude Itakali

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There is a place
by Jude Itakali
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There is a place I flee to every night
A place of hopes and fears
For as I cradle hope, fear creeps in
And as fear consumes me, only hope remains!
Through day’s facade,
my mind lingers in this place
Reason tells me to ignore it
To turn my footstep to safety
But when dusk falls and twilight rises
I always return to Hope and Fear

There are many who have numbed this place
Who have chosen comfort and forgotten its feeling
Its anxiety and excitement
Its euphoria and depression
All those lows that make the highs divine
And all the highs that make the lows damning!
I come to this place, for to ignore it, is to die a living death
Each night I come here, that my soul may live as well
Each night I do what many say I should never do; I follow my heart
While each dawn I dream,
That one day I’ll live my dream. 

~judeitakali~

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. 

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  1. Ingrid dice:

    Wow, Jude: your words really resonate with what I am going through right now. I think if we dare to visit that place, we are living our dream to some extent every time we go there!

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    1. judeitakali dice:

      Thank you Ingrid. I’m glad they resonate. I only recently began actively pursuing a dream and I just pray I get to live it fully some day. 🙏🏾

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      1. Ingrid dice:

        Same here, Jude, same here! But even the act of pursuing it is liberating.

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  2. Jude, this is so beautifully expressed. We all need such a place.

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    1. judeitakali dice:

      Thank you Punam. Oh mehn we sure do. 🙏🏾

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  3. Such a wonderful poem Jude as you continue you your dream and return to the divine!
    Congratulations!
    💖

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    1. judeitakali dice:

      Thank you so much Cindy. Chasing dreams while living in reality is such a delicate balance for me now, but I keep trying to get it.

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      1. ah yes, for us all i think. You’re most welcome! 💖💖

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  4. Jeff Flesch dice:

    A beautiful write, Jude. Is wonderful. 👏👏☺️

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    1. judeitakali dice:

      Thank you so much Jeff. 🙏🏾

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      1. Jeff Flesch dice:

        You’re most welcome, Jude. Always. 🙏

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  5. jonicaggiano dice:

    Lovely writing and blessing to you and your loved ones. Congratulations on this beautiful piece and may none of us ever abandon hope! Joni

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    1. judeitakali dice:

      Thank you very much. Blessings to you too 🙏🏾

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      1. jonicaggiano dice:

        🙏❤️🦋🙏

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