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…

Remains by Dr. Shailja Sharma

The cottage remains The myth of love still lives in the heap of straw and amongst the beads of a broken necklace The footsteps cutting through woods are deep, solid despite the rain through years Life is walking on them rather slowly due to a tangled “Scarf” -DR. SHAILJA SHARMA This poem was first published in…

The Sinful Mirror by Sheereen Fatima

Mirror mirror on the wall, Can you see the darkness that we hide in us all? That darkness that molds itself within, Pecking the soul and taking it for a spin. The unworth glistening in your reflective surface, The bubbling insecurities vicious cries without any solace. Mirror mirror on the wall, Can you see the…

Moon’s Dust by Jeff Flesch

drips drop from the top of a stopwatch as the minutes until we meet cascade over my heart watching the fear depart say you’ll love me until the last act of the art leaves forever and may we impart and imprint upon our collective souls the deep need for a fire so bold continuing to…

Being Something by Bharath Upendra

Do things have thoughts? What is a thing? Everything is a thing when you look at them that way. These things, that come and go, why do they come? Why do they go? They say we own things and when we use them, they own us. I don’t understand, we have become so expendable, things…

What’s in a Name by Shobana Gomes

Knitted in the document of names, the journey beginsOf what do you see the traits begin or howHow does the trail reveal its rootsA name stands to gain footage on scrollsLike a mushrooming tree, it gains its footholdA surname likened to a familyThe name that catapults the flames of identityTo know the branches that hold…

Where’s the End by Swati Sharma

Oh dear! Comfort you are so cozy and warmJust like a blanket in a cold night and like homeYou make me feel lighter without any fearYou just become a habit, oh so dearOne part of me always pushes you away from meYes, I am one of those who mostly listen to the part that says-“…