POETRY || Scott Thomas Outlar

The Colossus by Francisco de Goya

Swimming in the Blood and Water of Mars

It’s one sip of solace
for the suffering
gulped etcetera ad infinitum
that still doesn’t soothe
black coal scar tissue
sewn shut and captured
in exhausted lungs

It’s a longing
that never leaves us
no matter how many
little white lies
get dressed up in pretty costumes
to parade around town
for the surprise party paradise

It’s a harsh persuasion
that tastes of propaganda
spewed forth and spit out
from vicious fangs
masquerading as teeth
of cotton pearl
poison jeweled delight

It’s a goldmine
where the walls cave
because tortured centers
can never hold
their end of the bargain
when all the deals are broken
before a signature hits the page

It’s an ink flood
that smells like stardust
exploding ancient orbits
when the sky swells
with violent pulses
that rupture all our visions
of life beyond []



Is it ok if a poem doesn’t suffer?
Because I felt you move
through my blood like a light

Do you want to know the part that hurt the worst?
Because I’d rather talk
about how we conquered the world

Leaves will still fall
in the darkest of silence
to feed of the soil
where new wings are formed

Spread wide your eyes and your tongue
for the trial
and bless all our dreams
during day or the night

Do stars always fade when extinguished at core?
Because I found roaring fire
at the site of this crash []

Scott Thomas Outlar

SCOTT THOMAS OUTLAR hosts the site 17Numa.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, live events, and books can be found. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Scott was a recipient of the 2017 Setu Magazine Award for Excellence in the field of literature. His words have been translated into French, Italian, Dutch, Persian, Serbian, Albanian, and Afrikaans. His radio show Songs of Selah airs weekly on 17Numa Radio.  

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  1. Sangeeta Sharma says:

    Fabulous poems

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