Beyond the Glass

searching for
a world beyond
the glass where
ceilings melt
into blue sky.

refusing to
surrender on
the outside
looking in.

shadows speak
of sacrifice like
work has never
failed and

dreams are not
an endless staircase
into hell.

© Ben Ditmars

7 Films, Books & Songs

I’m starting a post where I list my seven favorite films, books, and songs. Feel free to post yours as well.


7. Milk


5. Lord of the Rings: Two Towers

4. Clerks

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

Blog Hoppin’

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.

Pale Blue

In Memory of Carl Sagan

his pale blue
sense of wonder
in a sunbeam

taught beauty in
the faint sensation
of our atoms
put together.

a legacy of
dust and stars
billions upon billions
of stars

I saw the sky and
endless possibility
stretch over me like
broken shackles
form the past

and we remain the
momentary masters
of a fraction
of a dot.

© Ben Ditmars 2014


Carl Sagan – 1980” by PBS – ebay. Via Wikipedia.

Surface to Air

Inspired by several bits of random thoughts today.

She walks in starlight
Coming of age
In a riptide.

Her lone synth chords
Reminiscent of an
Open mic motel.

Burning multi-layered sound
We don’t fear the dark now.

There’s room enough for two
And Technicolor in a
Hot air balloon.

I can taste the comfort
On another world with you.

Delicate piano dodging
Missiles from the ground and
Candy playing on the radio

Can’t sing like we can hum
And feel the undertow.

© Ben Ditmars 2014


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