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.

© 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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#NEWRELEASE People Are Strange

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I am excited to write that Book 5 in the Mind’s Eyes Series is finally published! I have several poems included in this collection and collaborate with world-class writers and photographers such as Helle Gade, Maria Savva, Darcia Helle, Kim Stapf, Martin David Porter, J. Michael Radcliffe, Julie Elizabeth Powell, Thomma Lyn Grindstaff and Maria Haskins.

The idea was to look at photographs of people and interpret them creatively. I think one of my own favorites was a picture of man walking down a road. It reminded me of a Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken and I wrote a kind of tribute:

Lonely Road

If I could travel down that lonely road…

I might ask about his suicide that never

was, his lover’s quarrel with the world,

two roads diverged with burning paper

and an accidental fire

long walks where green was gold

before her heart attack,

knowing way leads onto way,

has it made the difference?

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Haiku Pop

A while back, I asked my friends on Facebook to create haiku from popular music. The concept was reinterpreting lyrics into a new art form. Ford Forkum and Justin Bog came up with great poems.

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by Ben Ditmars

metaphorically
it’s easy to die for you
without peace of mind

by Justin Bog

No one should go to
Scarborough Fair, unless you
Need thyme for beef stew.

by Ford Forkum

I look at you all
See the love there that’s sleeping
While the auto-tune kills