Saturday, October 27, 2018

Raising Ben by Betsy Ashton

No one would say I'm a poet. I'm not, but occasionally I write something that goes beyond my standard doggerel. I'm very happy to announce that my poem, "Raising Ben," will be featured in an upcoming anthology, which celebrates the30th anniversary of the Smith Mountain Arts Council. I hope you like it.

Raising Ben

hold my hand
don’t let go
I’ll help you walk

time to eat
it’s your favorite
I’ll feed you

give me a sign
a smile something
show me you know I’m here

one word any word
let me hear your voice


No, not Mama
just me Kathy
your daughter

Betsy Ashton is the author of the Mad Max mystery series, Unintended Consequences, Uncharted Territory, and Unsafe Haven. She also wrote a dark psychological suspense novel, Eyes Without A Face, about a female serial killer, who unpacks her life and career in first person.


Diane Burton said...

A stirring poem. I admire anyone who writes poems. I've never tried.

Margo Hoornstra said...

Kind of a haiku quality. Very nice.

Rolynn Anderson said...

Poignant. My father was Ben, too. Well said, Betsy.

Leah St. James said...

Ditto on all of the above. Poignant and heartfelt. Congrats on the anthology.

Jannine Gallant said...

Powerful message, Betsy. Poetry is HARD so kudos to you.