Odyssey Part 2

This is the fifth edition in my series, published in Inhale the NightSleeping with Earth, an eBook released by Darcia Helle and Moments at Midnight.

Find part one right here.



The bell rang

As she rushed to

Fifth period –

Barely making it

Before Jacie,

Blond as she was popular,

Pushed Odyssey inside.

Mr. Lewis briefly

Looked but otherwise

Said nothing.

He always said nothing.

Like the memory

Her father left of a

Drowned body and

Ring left on the pier…

He remained as cold and lifeless.

She could feel the golden circle

In her jeans –

A gift her mother left

Before the virus got the best of her

Last June.

She couldn’t visit but she

Heard her voice

Then and always:

“Stay beautiful

Like the light you are

And shine between us.”


© Ben Ditmars 2021

Odyssey Part 1

This is the fifth edition in my series, published in Inhale the Night, Sleeping with Earth, an eBook released by Darcia Helle and Moments at Midnight.

Instead of writing every day for National Poetry Month, I thought I might give you this each week. Enjoy.



‘Her dad jumped off a bridge’

said the girl behind her back.

‘Her mother followed him


with the Firebird’

Only half of it was true.

Her father jumped,

Leanne refused to follow.

She was immortal.

She was more than him.

She was the Firebird

reborn into a child

from the ashes –

skin and bones

a hungry heart

named Odyssey.


© Ben Ditmars 2021

Coronavirus Haiku (With a Little Bit of Help From My Friends)

Sitting in my bed
YouTube and a Netflix are it
I have gained 10 pounds
- Nick Hindman

Dusting off haiku
Reticence, banished cadence,
- Justin Bog

do i laugh or cry
do i try to read the news
do i cry or laugh
- Kimberly Beyers

Alone with my pets
I suppose I should be sad
Somehow I am not
- Cathy Clarke Sheets

I'm really bored, yo! 
My husband and I are cool; 
Our cat is less so...
- Jdr916

Stuck at work again
Frustrating Uncertainty
Ready to go home
- Danielle Thamasa

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