Hemorrhage by Scott Thomas Outlar



Dark in the belly of hunger

A way out
of the whale

waiting in slumber

Watery wombs and tombs
between us

Winter masks/summer shades
quiet desperation

Holding our breath
as lungs fill/collapse

The final fall
hits (hurts) hardest

Black in the night of no moon

A new taste
of the silence

promises of smoke

Eyes with specks and beams
that blind us

Autumn tears/springtime gasps
ring hollow

Biting our tongues
as blood flows/fails

The ancient smile
slips (snaps) loudest

©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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