fragile pieces
sing a prelude
in the dusk where
we are shaken.

© Ben Ditmars 2015

Photograph Courtesy of Kim Stapf


Love Wins

blind soul heaven
where the stone wall
settles into dust and
love will win a swanlike end
cascading change.

© Ben Ditmars 2015


Photograph Courtesy of the One and Only Jacqueline Smith.

Read her awesomeness here.

The Gnome Prince

I wrote a fairy tale for my students today. Enjoy.

The Gnome Prince

Gabriel was a poor gnome with a small garden. He grew it for a king and queen across the lake, but his heart belonged to a maiden. She rode by in her carriage each week to court. The gnome tried picking up the nerve to throw himself in front of her horses, but feared injury and the rising cost of healthcare. So, he decided to impress her another way: with corn. But how?

The answer came in the form of a magic toad. He granted wishes in exchange for red hats. Gabriel could wish for the most mesmerizing corn in the land and win the praise of his fair maiden. The gnome had but one red hat however handed down from his grandfather. He hated losing it, as it was precious, but how many chances do you get at true love? Thinking of her flawless hands, he could not resist, and the toad was more than happy to oblige. He greatly enjoyed his collection of red hats.

Gabriel became overjoyed at the prospect of impressing the maiden and planted corn late into the evening. When the sun rose, his neck burnt and sweat poured profusely. It was not so easy missing his hat, but the gnome did not give up. Every time the maiden rode by in her carriage his love for her grew stronger. After many weeks his corn was as high and beautiful as any in the land. The maiden could not help but stop and gaze upon it.

“Oh, Gabriel, did you grow this corn for me?” She asked.

“Why yes, milady,” he replied. The maiden knew his name! Gabriel looked longingly at her.

“But,” she told him, “You need not sell your hat or burn your neck for corn. I have always loved you. Why do you think I have ridden by these past months?”

The gnome smiled as they climbed into her carriage and rode toward the kingdom. They lived happily ever after.

The End






we’ve had losses in this war of
infamous reciprocation

love-struck infidels fathom
darkness with their lips for
fleeting moments

in the summer sun
your voice calls mine,

hips stir with belief and
I crash test significance.

© Ben Ditmars 2015

Photograph Courtesy of Terri Sluder Malek


Cemetery Tours 3: Official Release Date and Title Reveal

Big Cemetery Tours news! If you haven’t read the series, start NOW!

A Platform of Sorts

Hi, friends!  This is going to be a short post because it’s late and I still have a lot to do tonight, but I wanted to OFFICIALLY announce that the third installment in the Cemetery Tours series, AFTER DEATH, will be available on Kindle and in paperback on OCTOBER 6!


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Secret Darkness

We are humbled, we are wrong
the weight of suns bear down
on us, thy hands be still
stones and coals of fire
secret darkness;
it is well, it is well
with my heart.

© Ben Ditmars 2015


Thank you to Jacqueline Smith for her amazing photograph.

Find more on her website here.


Champagne in the Rain


Image Source: Flickr

terrified the fabric of
your heart is scarred like mine
these silent moments split
the fault lines and

I drink champagne in the rain
because it eases the pain

we chew on bullets
under stars
and wish that they were
something else.

© Ben Ditmars 2015


Caught in Waves


Photograph Courtesy of Helle Gade

she is sunlight
caught in waves
as I run careless fingers
through her hair and

© Ben Ditmars 2015



The queen of ghosts is putting you in her next novel! Check it out.

A Platform of Sorts

Yesterday as I was driving home from the grocery store, I found myself, as I often do, thinking about my next books.  The next Boy Band is going to be a LOT of fun and I can’t wait to really get started on it.  There are going to be new characters, new songs, and a whole lot of new drama.  That being said, I want this book to be special to my readers.  I want ALL my books to be special to my readers, but the first Boy Band has done so well that I really wanted to find a way to make this one as much my readers’ as it is mine.  Thus the #BecomeACharacter Raffle was born.

Here’s the deal.  I want YOU to become a character in the sequel to Boy Band.  There are three names available.

1) A friend of the band from high school.

2) A…

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Magnolia Magic


you are street shade
lost in space, gunned
down by jealous stares

where carpels touch
the whorl of your hair
we reach.

© Ben Ditmars 2015

Photograph and Title Courtesy of Jacqueline Smith