Journey #poetry #book #series

This is the third part in my series, published in Inhale the Night and Sleeping with Earth. The upcoming part will be in an eBook released by Darcia Helle this spring.

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Journey

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Leanne heard them lecture

her on what it meant to be a

strong woman. But she felt

strong handcuffed to the bed….

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Waiting for jail,

or more interrogations…

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she saw flashes

of the Firebird she crashed

into the lake

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because he said he loved it

more than her.

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Now, it seemed so

juvenile…

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he was never worth

a moment (or fake

orgasm)

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she pleased herself

before the lights came on

and it was almost enough

to forget –

her child.

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he could go to hell for

all she cared

but Journey was

a loss

clawing at her throat

each morning-

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if Gene had never

drank that night,

or she confronted him…

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a bottle would not be

smashed against her head and

Journey would be

in Kindergarten

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it wasn’t her fault.

they all told her he was trash.

and she had left him

years too late.

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now, he came to see her

with his lawyer

and she agreed to

let him have the ring –

a parting gift

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laced with every poison

she could find.

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Ben Ditmars © 2019

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Ben Ditmars on “Off the Shelf” Radio

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Splinters by Ben Ditmars and Susie Clevenger #newrelease #poetry #books

Hello, everyone. I am pleased to announce mine and Susie Clevenger’s new release Splinters is available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle. The official release date is October 31st.

You can also get a copy of the paperback right now.

Splinters is a collection of poetry for young adults and teens which deals with life experience and lessons learned from them. Friendship, romance, rejection, being cool – all of it is here. and here.

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Here are a few samples:

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Iowa

I met her on a dating app.

she had to be the one.

or something like it.

maybe, the sexy way

she typed was irresistible

or, i just needed

an overland adventure.

but i took my car

across state lines

through Indiana,

Illinois and so.

much. traffic.

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Anti-Cinderella

High school prom

was a pastel promenade

around the gym to see

who had out prettied who.

I Halloweened myself

into the mix with bright orange.

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Heroes (like Mr. Bollinger)

He never was a hero

Or a role model but

The fact he taught us

And abused a student

Stung – like we were left

While he was

Waiting for a victim

to undress.

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Plus Size Dreams

I never wanted to be swept off my feet,

being chubby taught me too much about weight.

I just wanted a boy who would walk with me

through the stares, and pick me first when

whispers had kids choosing sides.