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I’ve spent time measuring
a volume of kind words,
aggression spilled on
pavement equivalent the
mass of ugliness.

he didn’t stand a chance as
bullets clashed with liters of
intolerance and hit between
the solar radius of three
young hearts.

© Ben Ditmars 2016

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“Lost And Found” by Maria Savva”Lost And Found” by Maria Savva

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“Lost And Found” by Maria Savva
I really enjoyed these short, but complete stories. The reason why the book was written at this time. I’m glad they were found! From sweet stories that got my heart, to surprise ending that made me laugh. For a quick but fun read, you’ll love this one. Well written, great characters.

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Unbound by Friction

I can’t promise you
everything or the make
the world less cruel, but
you deserve a fighting
chance at life

unbound by friction,
blisters on opinions
of your worth

take heart in slow decline
without the medication,
and be kind,

their suffering
has made them
what compassion
never will

we will be kind because
the politics mean nothing –
greed, the ugliness will fade
to pale against these moments
and a lifetime

searching for a warmth
beyond disease.

© Ben Ditmars 2016

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Fire~Blessed

fire-blessed from
gazing on the blue
sky and her eyes

altering the course
of destiny, her fondness
matches mine

with stones to
spare beneath
cigar tree beans.

© Ben Ditmars 2016

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Photograph Courtesy of Jacqueline Smith.

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#PoetryMonth – Poetry by @BenDitty

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Today’s Poetry Month post is from Ben Ditmars, aka Ben Ditty, aka Gnomy of the Ditmars…ok, maybe I made that last one up. Either way, I’m glad to have him back on the blog. This poet has been a big help on A Life Among the Pages for years. You can find his work in the Story Time Friday and Prose Verse Babel archives, along with past poetry events. He’s even one of the poets who I worked with on the Four Paws anthology (haven’t heard of it? Click that title back there and check it out!)

To add to his generous contributions to the blog and the poetry community, here is a little bit on why Ben loves poetry. There are also two short poems to follow that up.

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Why I Love Poetry

by Ben Ditmars

Why do I love poetry? I guess it’s an easy way to figure…

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Powerpuff Yourself Stereotypes

I messed around with an avatar and GIF creator called Powerpuff yourself. It’s where you make yourself into one of the characters from the cartoon Powerpuff Girls on Cartoon Network. It got me thinking, though. If I intentionally made four racial stereotypes and mixed them with five randomly generated, could others tell which? I guess it’s a test to see how color and/or race blind we are. See how you do.

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Answers from top left: 2, 5, 6, 7
(3 is a blank model)