AQUA

(A short story in Vietnamese by Trần Băng Khuê, translation into English by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm) PART 1– There were only wolves on the moon. The wolves live on the moon. Then, what will you find in the forest? Aqua. Aqua. Aqua. Someone’s soundless voice cut across the darkness. The fifteenth. The full moon…

Pretty Jessica by Ayieko Sami

So we’ve heeded the advice, And stopped to smell the roses Pretty Jessica in the playground swinging, jumping In dresses so colorful, our hearts smile Them in pink flora dresses riding bicycles- Chasing those in white Our pretty Jessica just wants us to show up, And be there when they step onto the next step…

Forest of Light by Joni Caggiano

speak to me thru languages of noble trees  seducing flesh softly with feather fingers vast sorrows seen with linking filters of blue sealing eyes, stirring inducing, aching for you birds move with beating hearts, as we rise a doe bends a seedling for a taste of new tears drop on silk pillowcase releasing sigh turtle…

Woman’s Eye by Gargi Sidana

Lashes extended to  Soften mother’s earth  Prowled in a nasty web, To ooze child’s pain Nothing left to annihilate; What she gains Nagging in the goddess’s lap; Liberating her from pain As if silicon lie carved,  Into a vivacious brain.  She self-sabotages her powers  In a fabricated chain Laid a crimson skin on the facial…

Fiery Lake by Jeff Flesch

love lives in each heartbeat and breath we take, regardless of past mistakes and the pain we rake like mist that takes me on a trip down memory lane and into the fiery lake I transpire. lingering on the petal of a flower and, within an hour? clarity becomes truth just like the love, I…

Bookmark Page 64 by Don Matthews

True story I have a library book Borrowed for to read It does look rather interesting An interest which need To take me ‘way from poetry And give my mind a rest This book I think will do the trick A nice and welcome guest I’ve just got to page 64 Plot and people weave…

The Beautiful Woman by Shobana Gomes

I know that I am a wonder to you, Hailing from someplace unknown, I stand on beaches that seas rush to, With sand on my feet to show. O hail the sky, That measures up to me, And treats me as the beautiful one, A woman am I, Distrusting you see, Of the camouflage that…

Nine Months Later…A Big THANK YOU!

All I feel is gratitude. MASTICADORESINDIA began its publishing journey on September 1, 2021. At the time, I wasn’t sure how things would progress. It was a leap of faith and creativity, and I think it’s safe to say that we have landed smoothly on our feet. This couldn’t have been possible without the talented…

Summer Moment by Joni Caggiano

can you sense me noiseless in midair between long grey hovering moss for only cypress moments live there time slides off my round hips into light hummingbirds toss nectar impishly rainbows play hide and seek out of sight hay plays a tune, crickets spin a yarn sweet whiffs of hay encircling me God’s vista smiles…

Helios of Pain by Jeff Flesch

birds fly through the sky as in my heart our love always resides flittering and mistaking a beat or two for a remedy made of oranges that are blue in an afternoon of love-making combined with two souls partaking in each other, hand in hand and as I gasp, before the rendering is complete a…

A Place with More Meaning by Bogdan Dragos

“One day I drank 29 cups of coffee,” she said “Yeah,” he said, “I’ve no doubt. “It was my attempt at suicide,” she said “Yeah. I’ve no doubt.” “There’s free coffee at work, so I took advantage. My boyfriend died that way, you know? He was a truck driver so he used coffee and energy…

My Shadow by Joni Caggiano

tenderly touch me for I was once raw singing floral notes softly from a flush sky never leaving your shadow, you are my shelter my guardian, my shield who wisely can hum away pain bodies entwine like veins heating us up soft the blanket you lay upon my tender soul weaving a home of soft…

Far Too Late I Realized by Shobana Gomes

Once when there was life in me,I took it for granted,I waited far too long, thinking I had timeMaybe to say “I Love You” or just to be aroundTo light up someone’s life and maybe even mine I put off the day and then realized far too soon it was nightTime had passed through my…

Reflections by Bharath Upendra

The sky reflects in the water at my feet. The tap keeps leaking, and we keep fixing it. The plumber is either bad at what he does or too clever. At this moment, there are two skies. One above my head, another under my feet. It’s nothing like looking into a mirror but I squat…

Night Tide by Jeff Flesch

I alight on a star it’s farther than I’ve ever been before a thousand miles away from you I transfix my eyes on all the galaxies next door while knowing they are reminiscent of a time before our love was larger than the sun in the sky within my heart you always did shine like…

My Flavors by Joni Caggiano

sipping me softly through a fairy’s straw sampling each flavor you whisper, it is my essence you savor arousing monarch butterflies now swing singing ballads to start flutes and a fluttering of my loving heart -JONI CAGGIANO Joni’s blog is Rum and Robots, where she has published poetry, photography, and short stories. Take a look…