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Striped Philosophy

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Tell us, tell us
Striped philosophy

Tell it, tell it,
To Bill Watterson.

Orange and white
Across unlikely threads
Of your integrity.

Tell it, tell it,
To Bill Watterson.

Always sign your soul
Away with care.

Demand euphoria.

© Ben Ditmars 2015

In Memory of Maya Angelou

I wrote a post in 2010 titled My Regards to Maya Angelou. In memory of a great poet I thought I would share it today.

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I Know Why the Twitter Bird Tweets

The free bird leaps
on Google’s back
and scrolls down page
till the browser ends
and dips his wings
in Facebook rays
and dares to claim the internet.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow page
can seldom see through
his lists of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his claws to tweet.

The Twitter bird tweets
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tweets are read
on a distant hill
for the Twitter bird
tweets of freedom

The free bird may watch tivo’d Glee
And order up some good Chinese
and laugh as Sue Sylvester drones
On and on of kids off tone.

But Twitter bird stands on the grave of tweets
Getting “trends” for Trick or Treat
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his claws to tweet.

The Twitter bird tweets
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tweet is heard
on the distant hill
for the Twitter bird
tweets of freedom.

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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Pale Blue

In Memory of Carl Sagan

his pale blue
sense of wonder
suspended
in a sunbeam

taught beauty in
the faint sensation
of our atoms
put together.

a legacy of
dust and stars
billions upon billions
of stars

I saw the sky and
endless possibility
stretch over me like
broken shackles
form the past

and we remain the
momentary masters
of a fraction
of a dot.

© Ben Ditmars 2014

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Carl Sagan – 1980” by PBS – ebay. Via Wikipedia.

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