Banned Words

The EPA was recently banned from using seven words. Among them were: “fetus,” “transgender,” “diversity,” “vulnerable,” “science-based,” “evidence-based,” and “entitlement.”

I decided to create a poem with all seven.



He yells like a fetus

Afraid of pissing

In foxholes


Because genitals will

Lose the war


If improvised explosives

Burst on contact with


Transgenders or diversity.


Rifle fire and survival

Make us vulnerable

To evidence-based



Lies are spent with

Shells and truth

Reloaded with more



There is no science-

Based on such intolerance


That we refuse to die beside

Those of different genders

Or complexions.


Only a deep-state



© Ben Ditmars 2017



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