Or Scrambled by Scott Thomas Outlar


Crimson is the way
the sky must sizzle;
bacon and eggs scorched
sunny side up on the sidewalk;
fried neurons with a tabasco twist
hiss violently in tobacco smoke;
chokehold allows a single gasp
before lungs collapse;
fallout syndrome of the narcotic age
when bottles spill as symphonies;
orchestrated the latest heist
while camouflaged on desert oasis;
deep is the well
that soon will run dry;
coughing up liquid electrolytes
in mason jars of shattered glass;
crystalized in the coal mine blues
with gray on white before blackout fades;
curtains droop and drool and drop
from lips that can’t keep counting blessings;
it’s Amen oh yeah high five hallelujah
when the choir finds its final pitch.

©2018 Scott Thomas Outlar


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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. Outlar was a recipient of the 2017 Setu Magazine Award for Excellence in the field of literature. His words have been translated into Afrikaans, Albanian, Dutch, Italian, French, Persian, and Serbian. He has been a weekly contributor for the cultural newsletter Dissident Voice since 2014. His most recent book, Abstract Visions of Light, was released in 2018 through Alien Buddha Press.


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