Zugunruhe by Jared Povanda

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by Jared Povanda
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Winter is coming on, and the birds are restless. It’s called Zugunruhe, that migratory anxiousness birds feel. German, of course. I cry when I’m anxious. Grief belongs to lakes, mourning to oceans, don’t ask me why. I listen to the birds cry at the moon and feel like an onion skin coming apart in big hands. My mouth is a puddle. All the birds fly away when I’m asleep. Puddles cleave tight to shame.

#prose poem

@Jared Povanda


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 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.

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  1. Ingrid dice:

    Beautiful! Thank you for teaching me a new word, Jared!

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  2. Such a lovely poem Jared!

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  3. Jeff Flesch dice:

    Jared, this is a stunning write. Your language selections create wondrous imagery and feelings. Deep and powerful.

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