Humble Glow


Photograph by Helle Gade


Bombs Drop With Caution


Photograph by Helle Gade

Bombs may drop if we
Stop dropping rock
And roll –
Listen to these
Words of caution
Write them, memorize
A slant and curve –
First world children
Take your time.
Take all of it.
It’s yours.


© Ben Ditmars 2018

The Huntress with Helle Gade


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Blue hearts hum

With ceiling fans


Free as coils

Burning casually

On unsocked feet


The huntress comes at night

Her silent voice

Carried by the northern wind

Listen carefully

For she whispers

The secrets of the dark


She hunts the truth

The fears you harbour

She will alleviate

For she is all there stands


Between you and the evil

That hunts in the dark hours


Winter is approaching

With thunderous steps

Gale winds of cold fury

Following from the frosty

North It is time to go to ground

To cover up and wait longingly

For spring to chase away

The harsh breath of frost

I wish I could hibernate


Like a grizzly bear

Awake to budding flowers

And the promise of light


I fear an icy wind, and collapsing through the narrow skin –

Perhaps it is possible to bloom below subzero or survive in stasis

If not thrive.


© 2017 Helle Gade and Ben Ditmars


Haiku in Memory of Tom Petty


i smell of the moon –

one last time to kill the pain

and taste rock candy.


no, i won’t back down

among the wildflowers

we belong to them.


music and chaos

free fall into nothing, the

sounds of nineteen guns.


she was an american girl…

a nurse, a teacher, a veteran.


© Ben Ditmars 2017


Photograph Courtesy of Helle Gade




Photograph Courtesy of Helle Gade


#NEWRELEASE People Are Strange


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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Shed Skin


Photograph Courtesy of Helle Gade

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Black Butterflies

gun-shy down
the barrel of a
ball-point pen.

chasing answers
like black butterflies.

© Ben Ditmars 2015


Photograph Courtesy of Helle Gade

Read her blog here.


Rock or Island

somehow ambiance is lost on
power-lines, silent stitches

I can’t comprehend without

more rain like Charlie Sheen
intoxicated with a virus…

I might be a
rock or island.

© Ben Ditmars 2015


Photograph Courtesy of Helle Gade

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embryonic ends
meet ends

bare masted,
freely handled

love beyond
your means.

© Ben Ditmars 2015


Photograph Courtesy of Helle Gade

Read her blog here.