Nine to Five

we have moments
of invincibility
eclipsed by reason

and I have flirted
with disaster like
a miracle reversed

collecting rain
from nine-to-five

like scraps of
courage less than
storms or satisfaction.

© Ben Ditmars 2014


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I remember
music in the dark
and rhythm playing
through the air

like noise inside
a drum or empty
hearts about
to beat when

we broke rules
like they were
shattered bones

and learned
that some things
hesitate to heal

in weeks or
years because the
radio recycles
therapy and

we aren’t
rock and roll.

© Ben Ditmars 2014


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Cover Reveal: Reflections – The Mind’s Eye Series

Reflections is an amazing collaboration between authors, poets, and photographers. It has 18 stories and 18 poems in all. The cover design by Jason McIntyre is stunning as well.


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And find more information on the first book


You can find out more about the authors here:

Martin David Porter:

Jason McIntyre:

Darcia Helle:

Helle Gade:


J. Michael Radcliffe:

Darkness Devoured

A collaboration with Christopher G J Smith

Brave the demons inside
As they try to hide
Devouring the soul
Continuing to grow.

Dark thoughts they deliver
As you try not to shiver
Night takes over the day
The demons come out to play.

Rogue visions never free
From worry or
A searing pain
Against the grain.

Exertion caught in gridlock
While the devils talk
Of oil spills and
Unpaid bills.

Life smashes into the face
Where we fall from grace
And hell takes over life
Causing too much strife
So where are those few people
Who thought us all equal
Where powers that be lied
And all our heroes died.

Bodies strewn on tanks in misspelled towns
as if killing could be worth the crown
or price paid for a higher share…
how quickly we forget despair.

Power lies and
Evil never dies but
Carelessness might
Be the deadly bite

© Ben Ditmars and Christopher G J Smith 2014


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