Fleeced by Scott Thomas Outlar


flesh feels like bone
blue chills and white cloth

fabric of winter

shaven clean
until old scars show
on the surface
and bleed anew
along with cuts made fresh

smooth blades of aloe
soothe the lines marked by time

focus sharpened
across each hour
spent in hibernation

eyes of the chin and cheeks
naked and open
seek the sun

sweet kisses of shadow

weep gently
from the sting
of lashing winds
as the veil between
suffering and joy
is lifted

blind skin
married to visions
birthed by the source
at an altar of light

sacrificial spirits

sing ancient hymns
with the ghosts of love
at the sight
of a grave

thank God
we never dug
too deep

©2019 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. Scott 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, Farsi, French, Italian, Kurdish, and Serbian. His radio podcast, Songs of Selah, airs weekly on 17Numa Radio.  


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