Death Hurts Less than Love

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death is easier by far than love
love lingers in the air and
death hurts less
its last breath taken
in short gasps from a broken
heart – condensation on
the grave.

© Ben Ditmars 2015

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Relentless Wounds

Relentless cold air
penetrates our thoughts
and dying breaths; pursuing,
piercing wounds.

© Ben Ditmars 2015

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Photograph Courtesy of Helle Gade

My 10 Least Appealing Ways to Die

I read a blog post today that mentioned aliens and it got me thinking: which would be the worst ways to die? Shooting or drowning might hurt, but they’d be over fairly quickly. And Dumbledore said there are worse things, but clearly being AK’d by Professor Snape isn’t as bad as….

10.) Getting the Electric Chair

I’m surprised it’s so high on the list too. It would be one of the most excruciating and painful ways to die, but I don’t think it would last so long as others.

9.) Getting Lethal Injection

I am not a fan of needles. I give blood because it helps people, but the thought of losing or seeing it makes me severely nauseous. Thus, the thought of being strapped down and waiting for a needle to kill me is terrifying.

8.) Being Castrated or Dismembered

It goes without saying that this is every man’s worst fear. I also would not care for the blood. Unless, it’s for Scottish independence…. or FREEDOM!

7.) Being Starved or Dehydrated

I hate being hungry. And I hate being thirsty even more. Usually the best part of execution is you get your last meal. I would feel ripped off without it.

6.) Being Drawn and Quartered

Speaking of ripped off. Ouch. Who wants torn apart by horses?

5.) Being Discombobulated

I don’t know how many of you have seen Mystery Men, but being discombobulated is not fun. I like it when my atoms stay together.

4.) Being Stabbed

Being stabbed sounds slow and painful. Add to this I dislike blood. Joker shouldn’t be able to savor all the little emotions and find out I’m a coward either.

3.) Being Crucified

Crucifixion is like a triple whammy. You’re stabbed, dehydrated and starved to death. Mad props to JC for it.

2.) Being Burned Alive

No one wants to go out like V for Vendetta did. Or the cats Spiderman didn’t rescue from the building in time. It’s bad enough when you touch something hot and burn your finger.

1.) Being Eaten by Bears And/or Aliens

Being eaten by bears is bad enough, but imagine if they teamed up with Predator or the creepy things from Independence Day. The planet would be doomed.

Murder Pact

Rob Zimmermann encouraged me write a sequel to a short play I wrote titled, Suicide Pact. I had some inspiration over the last couple weeks and decided to give it a try.

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MURDER PACT

CHARACTERS

VINCE
THRASH
POLICEMAN

SETTING
A small apartment with a broken television.

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(VINCE sorts through a collection of butcher knives while THRASH measures poison.)

VINCE: Dude, we’ll never become famous artists.

THRASH: Let’s hurry up and become famous for murder. It’s a lot easier.

VINCE: We’ve got to finesse it a little.

THRASH: Why?

VINCE: People kill each other all the time. We have to stand out.

THRASH: So, we eat people?

VINCE: We tried that; they taste awful.

THRASH: That’s why we decapitate them first.

VINCE: I don’t understand how that helps.

THRASH: People guilt trip you when they have heads. I’ve got enough on my conscious without making eye contact and feeling awkward.

VINCE: There’s a problem.

THRASH: What’s that?

VINCE: We have no car and one roller skate.

THRASH: What happened to the other?

VINCE: I sold it for ramen.

THRASH: Why would they buy a single roller skate?

VINCE: Some people aren’t so plegic as you and I.

THRASH: (understandingly.) I see. What else can we move on?

VINCE: I found a pogo stick in the closet.

THRASH: We’re going on a rampage with one roller skate and a pogo stick?

VINCE: I thought you could hang onto me while I bounce.

THRASH: That could work.

(THRASH fastens a roller skate as VINCE climbs on the pogo stick.)

VINCE: Let’s ride!

THRASH: (hanging onto Vince for support.) How do we kill people like this?

VINCE: Snap their necks. Everyone will talk about the Roller Pogo killers and their neck snapping mayhem.

THRASH: I don’t know how to snap someone’s neck.

VINCE: Gimli snapped orc necks in Lord of the Rings. People are like orcs, right?

THRASH: I suppose their anatomy is similar. (They bounce and roll their way outside.) Who do we kill first?

VINCE: How about that lonely soul in blue? No one will remember him.

THRASH: Vince, I think that’s a police officer. (VINCE hops forward dragging THRASH.) Hey, stop! Vince! There’s a squirrel.

VINCE: Don’t worry, we won’t hit it.

(VINCE collides with the squirrel before stopping; THRASH skids into the police car.)

POLICEMAN: (getting out of his cruiser.) The both of you have a lot of explaining to do.

VINCE: (crying.) I’m so sorry, officer. I never meant to hurt a squirrel. I just wanted to be infamous for murder.

POLICEMAN: Are either of you currently employed?

VINCE and THRASH: We’re artists!

POLICEMAN: But how do you support yourselves?

VINCE: I’m a substitute teacher for cats.

THRASH: I count bones at the landfill.

POLICEMAN: I don’t think those are real jobs.

VINCE: Well, they don’t strictly pay us.

THRASH: It’s more of a hobby.

VINCE: I think of myself as an intern.

THRASH: Freelance. Here’s my card.

(THRASH hands him his business card.)

POLICEMAN: I’m taking both of you in.

VINCE: Will you tell the other cops about us?

THRASH: We want them to remember our names.

POLICEMAN: I’m sure they will never forget them.

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THE END

© Ben Ditmars 2014

Suicide Pact

SUICIDE PACT

CHARACTERS

VINCE
THRASH

SETTING
A small apartment with a broken television.

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(VINCE sits next to THRASH on the floor. They flip through bills, most with FINAL NOTICE written on them.)

VINCE: Thrash, we’re never gonna make it as artists.

THRASH: Don’t say that, man. I think my sculpting will really take off.

VINCE: No one sculpts, Thrash and no one’s gonna read my poetry.

THRASH: We just gotta keep at it.

VINCE: You said that six years ago when we moved to New York.

THRASH: It’s still true.

VINCE: It isn’t Thrash. No one ever lives to see themselves famous.

THRASH: So what do you suggest? Suicide?

VINCE: Yes, actually.

(THRASH gets out his cell-phone.)

What are you doing?

THRASH: I’m calling the hotline. You’re talking to them.

VINCE: No, I’m not. Think about it, Thrash. Every famous artist killed themselves before making it big.

THRASH: Edgar Allen Poe didn’t.

VINCE: He drank himself to death. Same difference.

THRASH: (putting away cell-phone.) So, we kill ourselves?

VINCE: Yes, but the death has to be memorable.

THRASH: We could do a bunch of drugs.

VINCE: Can’t afford it.

THRASH: Stick our heads in the oven?

VINCE: Sylvia Plath already did it. We don’t wanna be posers.

THRASH: (indignant.) Well, I’ve listed two. Why don’t you suggest something?

VINCE: I could brick you into a wall.

THRASH: Come, on! That was Poe’s short story. And you accuse me of being unoriginal?

VINCE: Okay, I’ve got it. We lie down in the middle of the road and wait for a truck.

THRASH: Won’t that hurt?

VINCE: Not very long.

(Pause.)

THRASH: What if we eat each other?

VINCE: It could work.

THRASH: The whole art world will be talking about those two roommates who ate each other.

VINCE: And of course they’ll want to buy our sculptures and poetry. We’ll be novelties.

THRASH: Who goes first?

VINCE: I’ll start on your leg. (He goes toward a drawer in the kitchen.) It should be the most appetizing part.

THRASH: I think I should start eating you first.

VINCE: (closing drawer.) Why’s that?

THRASH: You’re a lot fatter.

VINCE: Screw that, you got ten pounds on me.

THRASH: We’ll never decide who eats the other. Let’s flip a coin.

VINCE: I’ve got a better idea.

THRASH: What?

VINCE: Let’s go on a killing spree. That way we live and other people die.

THRASH: But no one remembered Manson for his music.

VINCE: They still remembered him.

THRASH: I won’t look good with a swastika carved into my forehead.

VINCE: I’ll do it for you. My geometry teacher always liked the way I drew lines.

THRASH: Okay, let’s do this.

VINCE: I’ll get the car.

THRASH: It doesn’t run.

VINCE: Shoelace express?

THRASH: No way. We’re doing this rampage on roller skates.

THRASH: That’s dope.

THE END

© Ben Ditmars 2014

Thirteen Years on September 11th

thirteen years and
half my life ago

I felt remorse
inside the small world
of eighth grade

lockers and
simplicity before
the fires lit inside
a television set
and we were
manufactured to
believe in war

like tragedy might
save us from more
death…

thirteen years
and everything
is flat

but television
hasn’t changed

we haven’t
changed.

© Ben Ditmars 2014

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