An Ode to Charlie Clevenger


Photograph by Kim Stapf


Haiku for Eagles

I heard there was something called “The Super Bowl” on last night. Now, I don’t get into professional sports, because they have money and I just can’t relate to that. BUT I do like the idea of eagles winning. So I wrote these haiku.

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Photograph by Kim Stapf

Moons are super bowls
Of fish they cannot reach
Beyond the horizon.

Saffron sunsets set
The mood for aerial displays,
Nocturnal courtship.


© Ben Ditmars 2018


i consumed the jabs

at my demeanor, because

i knew no other way


now others risk

self-worth to wash their hands

or take a piss?


it ends, humiliation in all forms,

or hell begins.


© Ben Ditmars 2017


Photograph by Kim Stapf

Solar Radii

I’ve spent time measuring
a volume of kind words,
aggression spilled on
pavement equivalent the
mass of ugliness.

he didn’t stand a chance as
bullets clashed with liters of
intolerance and hit between
the solar radius of three
young hearts.

© Ben Ditmars 2016


Photograph Courtesy of Kim Stapf

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