IVD 5: My Journey in Haiku

Indievengence Day is a yearly event in or around Dallas, Texas. Indie authors gather from across the state and sometimes continent to hangout and sell books to the public. This year was my fifth year attending. I decided to do something special and haiku my journey from Ohio down South.

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It’s an adventure,

Bilbo Baggins would be proud

Smaug flies United.

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Look at me awake

Before the airport crawls to

Life, ha, ha, ha, ha.

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Coffee with a shot

Of espresso wakes me up

Before I go go.

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Aggressive pat downs

And judgement for my wallet

Left outside the bin.

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She carries a small

Generator, her home lost

To the hurricane.

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A boat captain ret-

Urns to the Virgin Islands

Bringing them supplies.

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They handed me a

Cookie in the dark and I

Ate it willingly.

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Turbulence tells me,

“Welcome to the friendly skies”

As the light turns down.

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The stars at night are

Big and bright deep in the heart

Of Dallas, Texas.

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The prairie sky is

Wide and high deep in the heart

Of Dallas, Texas.

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I bounced on the bed

And promptly rolled off, because

I’m a Hufflepuff.

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No hot water but

I get to see my friends and

They think I’m Batman.

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Orange sherbet sassy

Pink hair attitude rocks that

She’s got on cape cod.

(Written with Susie Clevenger)

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Blood sugar was all

Right despite a breadstick scare

Now I can drink juice.

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A shot of orange juice,

Quesadillas for breakfast –

Makes it old fashioned.

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Grumpy bear needs Ad-

Vil PM before his C-

PAP or he’s cranky.

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Books are ready to

Sell but I’m thinking of clash-

Es in St. Louis.

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It’s on with bells and

Scattered inky residue

Conveying mischief.

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Searching for Mc. D’s

Hoping for a bagel sand-

Wich or a coffee.

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Discussing landscapes

Of Yosemite makes the

Day more interesting.

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Let’s go, poetry!

Reading, sharing, loving it?

That’s the money shot.

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Behind the scenes, yo

Slaying rhymes up at a desk.

I’m that freaking cool!

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It isn’t shots of

Kamikaze or Sex on

The beach, but what is?

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People are flying

To Chicago but I hear

It might be windy.

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Attention, there will

Be a prayer service across

From D-22.

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Throwback

I wrote this back in the dark ages of July 2017. Has it really been that long?

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Starry Isolation

pulses rising in the
desert sunset

branding us with vapor,
starry skies

we survive against
the night, entwined

becoming one.

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© Ben Ditmars 2017

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Photograph Courtesy of Amber AquaIntense Norrgard

Revelation

i consumed the jabs

at my demeanor, because

i knew no other way

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now others risk

self-worth to wash their hands

or take a piss?

~

it ends, humiliation in all forms,

or hell begins.

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© Ben Ditmars 2017

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Photograph by Kim Stapf

2 Haiku

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Ocean heard through walls

The slow roll of TV sounds

An inner sadness.

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Towels folded like

Sky is indiscernible

But we are nothing.

*

© Ben Ditmars 2017

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Photograph Courtesy of Susie Clevenger

Cataclysm

branches
hang like braided hair

caught between my
fingers and

a cataclysm

so like

red veins

seeking respite in
a sanctuary city.

© Ben Ditmars 2017

kim
Photograph Courtesy of Kim Stapf

The World Famous Haikube Post

Two weeks ago at IndieVengence Day book signing in Frisco, Texas I asked some of the most talented poets I know to help me write haiku with blocks known as Haikubes. These blocks have words and phrases to arrange into 5-7-5 syllables. I was very grateful for their hard-work and support.

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haikube1
Haikube by Mary Ann Moody
haikube2
Haikube by Ben Ditmars
haikube3
Haikube by John M. Moody
haikube5
Haikube by Susie Clevenger and Ben Ditmars
haikube7
Haikube by Clay Giles
haikube8
Haikube by Terri Malek and Ben Ditmars
haikube9
Haikube with James William Peercy
haikube10
Haikube by Melissa Miller Zaro
haikube11
Haikube by Amber Jerome Norrgard

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