Haiku in Memory of Tom Petty

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i smell of the moon –

one last time to kill the pain

and taste rock candy.

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no, i won’t back down

among the wildflowers

we belong to them.

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music and chaos

free fall into nothing, the

sounds of nineteen guns.

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she was an american girl…

a nurse, a teacher, a veteran.

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© Ben Ditmars 2017

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Photograph Courtesy of Helle Gade

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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?

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it ends, humiliation in all forms,

or hell begins.

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© Ben Ditmars 2017

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Photograph by 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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Haikube by Mary Ann Moody

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Haikube by Ben Ditmars

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Haikube by John M. Moody

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Haikube by Susie Clevenger and Ben Ditmars

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Haikube by Clay Giles

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Haikube by Terri Malek and Ben Ditmars

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Haikube with James William Peercy

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Haikube by Melissa Miller Zaro

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Haikube by Amber Jerome Norrgard

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