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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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”

Bleached Recognition

Inspired by the words of Ford Forkum

was it anything that
nightmares followed,
bleached beyond
white noise?

your burnt wax landscape
seeking sunset,

finding paraffin

exposure in
an off-blue flame.

© Ben Ditmars 2016


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