For Dolores.

A few years ago I recorded poetry over “Dreams” by the Cranberries. I thought of this song when I heard Dolores O’Riordan died and remembered how it made me feel from a young age.

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Book Review: Where the Butterflies Pray by Susie Clevenger

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Where the Butterflies Pray

by Susie Clevenger

5/5 stars

Susie Clevenger has done it again. I read her collection over several months, though highs and lows. The light and comfort in her words found me. Nature, truth, freedom with a hint of salvation became themes of a spiritual journey. I think the author took me to a place beyond religion, where beauty and complexity thrive and everyone is thankful for its presence. Add to this the cover art, which could not be more beautiful. Where the Butterflies Pray is somewhere to discover and awaken sleeping portions of your mind; somewhere to find questions and begin the path toward answers.

Banned Words

The EPA was recently banned from using seven words. Among them were: “fetus,” “transgender,” “diversity,” “vulnerable,” “science-based,” “evidence-based,” and “entitlement.”

I decided to create a poem with all seven.

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He yells like a fetus

Afraid of pissing

In foxholes

 

Because genitals will

Lose the war

 

If improvised explosives

Burst on contact with

 

Transgenders or diversity.

 

Rifle fire and survival

Make us vulnerable

To evidence-based

Hatred.

 

Lies are spent with

Shells and truth

Reloaded with more

Casings

 

There is no science-

Based on such intolerance

 

That we refuse to die beside

Those of different genders

Or complexions.

 

Only a deep-state

Entitlement.

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© Ben Ditmars 2017

Ask the Center

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i ask the center of this world a

lonely question because i know

its mass is greater skating off a surface

slightly cooler to the touch,

reduced to iron

only you obstruct

my justice and burn

hotter than blue giant

stars.

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© Ben Ditmars 2017