Endure Illumination

in my crystallized pink lace

near twisted limbs


i illuminate,

am worthy of respect


beyond the gray cast



i endure.


© Ben Ditmars 2016


Photograph by Kim Stapf


Solar Radii

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


Photograph Courtesy of Kim Stapf

Read her blog here.

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


Image Source: Flickr


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


Animation by LunaPic

Photograph Courtesy of Jacqueline Smith.

Read her blog here.

Heretics in Flames

I cried for perspiration
on your skin like
God needs the devil,
we were heretics in flames
consumed by force
combining chemically
rejecting creeds, scratched
along the spine as proverbs
thrust in ecstasy: the right way
leads to death, and she is worth
far more than rubies.

© Ben Ditmars 2016


Photograph by Michelle Franco