Brutality is Everywhere

brutality does not embody
a womb, romantic notions
of the street – it is everywhere
like nitrogen in air, shots
blasted into children or
police aren’t desperate…
what the hell were we
thinking when we loaded a clip?
what the fuck is wrong with us?

© Ben Ditmars 2016


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The Sight of Blood

the sight of blood moves me to a
deeper realization as the alcohol wears off,
and I am nothing more
than sticks left in the rain,
a secret cancer waiting to erupt,
because there are no heroes
in a pancreas or breast
just cells. just life.
I hope I have another day.

© Ben Ditmars 2016