Ben Paynter

Veteran Poet - 1,752 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. The Storm, And All 8/15/2016
135. I Was Dredge, You Were A Stone 9/14/2016
136. A Poem Which Answers No Question 1/21/2017
137. An Animal, I 2/6/2017
138. A Rattlesnake, I Am 2/13/2017
139. Paper Claws 2/20/2017
140. When You Inquire Who This Poem Is About 2/21/2017
141. Summer Carcass 5/1/2017
142. An Attempt 5/19/2017
143. How To Ask For Help 6/15/2017
144. Serotinous 6/27/2017
145. Butane And Kerosene 8/28/2017
146. A Maybe Should Have Future 9/13/2017
147. A Mindfulness Exercise In Which Nothing Is Accomplished 12/11/2017
148. Fence Mending 10/13/2014
149. Why I Walk Awake 1/5/2015
150. Superman 1/26/2016
151. On This Old Wood Table 4/23/2014
152. Sometimes We All 9/23/2014
153. God, This 11/12/2013
154. A Red Light 9/20/2013
155. It's In The Blood 3/5/2010
156. Run River Red With Sunset 8/19/2008
157. When Looking Do Not Look 3/18/2008
158. She Is Always Asking Now 3/18/2008
159. Window Wall 9/13/2007
160. I Shot A Bird With An Arrow Once 7/13/2006

Comments about Ben Paynter

  • Mark Money Mark Money (9/26/2013 1:02:00 PM)

    at this point, i can only wish to write as well as you do. i'll keep trying, though........

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  • Delilah Miller (4/27/2008 8:19:00 PM)

    I just read through about half of your poems. It's all so enchanting...Lilting and beautiful and honestly sad and sadly honest. Youre's so talented. You're so talented and I'm so envious. Don't you dare ever stop writing,

    X's and O's

  • Goldy Locks (10/18/2007 12:30:00 PM)

    Ben, ben. You inspire. Posh writer, you. Your verses are sublime. Your subjects, divine. Like the epitome of the All-American boy, trying to make it in this biting world. With a little help from his pen, his thoughts. You're endearing. And lovable (whether you like it or not ;) .. I look forward to your postings: each and every one. Keep growing, keep speaking, and above all, keep writing.

    best care
    sjg -~-

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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When Those Days Come

I hope when those days come,
when the sun begins
its frantic dance across a darkening sky,
when clouds roll in,
and flowers bloom
without ever knowing why.
When wishing stars sift downwards
and settle down on drooping eyes
you will forget they've fallen.

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