Thanks to Facebook I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with Ben Westlie. He’s a cutie and good poet, which is a great combination. Doesn’t a cute poet writing good poems just melt your butter? I want people to read his work, so I’m sharing a poem from his chapbook titled Sometimes Out of Turn (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Oh btw. Naomi Shihab Nye–maybe you’ve heard of her–had this to say about Sometimes Out of Turn, “Ben Westlie’s poems are so well-shaped, so authentic and caring; they transport a reader fluently and soulfully into a sometimes difficult but deeply tender world. I love them.”
My heart is alive, listening,
making no sounds,
speaking of nothing, as if language
Now your heart must try to confess
before your body lies down forever.
A voice cannot be heard
through dirt or sand.
Your heart needs to speak,
sometimes out of turn,
so we don’t become a lie.
You can find Ben online here.