Halo Equated I promised all my sevens to the pattern now I’m caught in its prism blink twice for fusion spin in the grasp of spent coding untangling live wires in the storm You told me every dog still has its teeth from the hunt now I’m warm in the forest fur wrapped with worn blankets coil through the night of rebellion enticing compressed visions from crystal What Roars Below brewing not quite a boil … yet churning underneath a sure explosion biding its time constructing a blueprint to rise without aggression violet flames liquid consciousness a compulsion toward creation unbridled human expansion the artistic urge self-actualization/individuation finding cohesion with the collective sacred space of duality breather of light discovered in shadow cynicism turned on its head affirmation the great yes to it all flow/flux gestation turnkey an opening of eyes Aborted Escapism I wasn’t in a rush to be born & I took my sweet ass time to garner any wisdom after but God knows I ran straight toward the grave for so damn long and each time you refused me and sent me back with deeper patience and buried scars but if I disappointed you I will make it up to them because if there’s one thing I’ve ever been sold on it’s promises
Scott Thomas Outlar is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. He now lives and writes in Frederick, Maryland. His work has been nominated multiple times for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. He guest-edited the Hope Anthology of Poetry from CultureCult Press as well as the 2019-2023 Western Voices editions of Setu Mag. He is the author of seven books, including Songs of a Dissident (2015), Abstract Visions of Light (2018), Of Sand and Sugar (2019), and Evermore (2021 – written with co-author Mihaela Melnic). Selections of his poetry have been translated and published in 14 languages. He has been a weekly contributor at Dissident Voice for the past eight and a half years. More about Outlar’s work can be found at 17Numa.com.
love the intensity of the images…. great work…
I really enjoyed your poems! Deep meanings and words that made me think I’m in the mix!
I am sure many can relate to at least the first 3 stanzas..Thanks for sharing your art.