Ben Paynter

Veteran Poet - 1,646 Points (Midwest)

Ben Paynter Poems

121. Surface, Our 9/26/2013
122. November 11/12/2013
123. Broken 11/12/2013
124. The Light 5/29/2014
125. A Moon, This Night All 5/29/2014
126. Tree Swallow, A 5/29/2014
127. Lavender And Roadkill 7/22/2014
128. One Night, Two Years Past 6/4/2015
129. A Reminder, This Is 6/16/2015
130. A Search 6/18/2015
131. Council Crest At Midnight 6/18/2015
132. This Is The Way The World Ends 10/21/2015
133. River Stone 11/4/2015
134. Fence Mending 10/13/2014
135. Why I Walk Awake 1/5/2015
136. Superman 1/26/2016
137. The Storm, And All 8/15/2016
138. A Poem Which Answers No Question 1/21/2017
139. An Animal, I 2/6/2017
140. A Rattlesnake, I Am 2/13/2017
141. Paper Claws 2/20/2017
142. When You Inquire Who This Poem Is About 2/21/2017
143. Summer Carcass 5/1/2017
144. An Attempt 5/19/2017
145. How To Ask For Help 6/15/2017
146. Serotinous 6/27/2017
147. Butane And Kerosene 8/28/2017
148. A Maybe Should Have Future 9/13/2017
149. On This Old Wood Table 4/23/2014
150. Sometimes We All 9/23/2014
151. God, This 11/12/2013
152. A Red Light 9/20/2013
153. It's In The Blood 3/5/2010
154. Run River Red With Sunset 8/19/2008
155. When Looking Do Not Look 3/18/2008
156. She Is Always Asking Now 3/18/2008
157. Window Wall 9/13/2007
158. I Shot A Bird With An Arrow Once 7/13/2006
159. Miles From The Moon 6/28/2006
160. The Absurdity 2/7/2010
Best Poem of Ben Paynter

And Her Face And Her Words And Her Promises

she says that my face
is the last she sees
before sleep takes her,
and she cannot sleep
without it.

but I know that
there are other faces
that float above
her eyes.
and the stars are out
tonight and I
need them to dance.

“have I said too
much” she says with
a halfhearted question
of love.
no, but you have not
kept your promise
and your promise
has not kept
me.

and all the while
the clock spins circles
on the wall
and a dog barks
at the moon.
and her face sits
resting on my
heart.

I say ...

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And The Sun Slept On

And the sun slept on into the day
and lay buried deep
where the wisemen say
its gone to find some peace.

O hand me this, this tired star
and let it be thrown
with a spiteful toss so far so far
so far from home

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