for us became
a gentle darkness
© Ben Ditmars 2014
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a world beyond
the glass where
into blue sky.
of sacrifice like
work has never
dreams are not
an endless staircase
© Ben Ditmars
I’m starting a post where I list my seven favorite films, books, and songs. Feel free to post yours as well.
5. Lord of the Rings: Two Towers
3. Disney’s Hercules
2. Return of the Jedi
1. Toy Story
7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6. Sandcastle and Other Stories by Justin Bog
5. Nocturnal Embers by Helle Gade
4. Taming the Incubus by Robyn Koshel
3. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. A Splash of Hope by Charity Parkerson
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling
7. American Pie by Don McLean
6. I’ve Got a Name by Jim Croce
5. Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits
4. Night Moves by Bob Seger
3. Heart of Gold by Neil Young
2. Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland
1. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
Thanks to my friend Scott Morgan for tagging me on his blog WriteHook. I’ve known Scott’s writing for some time and was lucky enough to meet him in Dallas last year.
Scott has asked me to answer some questions and pass them around to a couple friends. In the coming days Chris McQueeney and Nikki Sherman will answer these questions as well.
Read Scott’s responses here.
1. What am I working on?
I am currently working on a full-length poetry collection titled Inhale the Night.
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
Inhale the Night is my first full-length collection. It has a wide variety of different styles ranging from free verse to haiku, tanka, and a short epic. I don’t think I’ve seen so many elements work seamlessly together.
3. Why do I write what I do?
Recently, I have written poetry. I like the challenge and the beauty in finding the right words. I see things differently when I finish creating something and I hope others do too. Also, it keeps me from going crazy and that helps everyone.
4. How does my writing process work?
I’m very meticulous when I write. People will tell you to just write and edit later, but I’ve never managed it. If I see something wrong I stop and work it out. I’m compulsive like that.
In Memory of Carl Sagan
his pale blue
sense of wonder
in a sunbeam
taught beauty in
the faint sensation
of our atoms
a legacy of
dust and stars
billions upon billions
I saw the sky and
stretch over me like
form the past
and we remain the
of a fraction
of a dot.
© Ben Ditmars 2014