Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Scott Thomas Outlar- Two Poems

Shattered Moments
Numb stoned silence of paradise –
everything gray and perfect and peaceful,
no worries, no confusion, no need
for anything other than the entropic void.
Under the Buddha Tree in Eden’s Garden
earning a double dose of mythological ramifications
straight from the archetypal source
into my well weathered consciousness –
some might call it a soul,
but it’s all wavelength frequencies
of embedded DNA data points in the form of vibrations
humming across the electrical tendrils
of a synchronized, interconnected web of infinite light.
The spiritual physics of the matter
explain the manifest totality of the illusion.
A revelation, an epiphany, an A-ha moment
gets shredded by an unkind angle of perception
as my peripheral vision catches movement
from outside the holy triangulated circle –
I see color pulsing inward,
I see Order breaking down,
I see Chaos gearing up for the next war,
I see gene swarm in the primordial soup,
I see fire raging from the underbelly,
I see storms flowing from wasted skyline,
I see dog eat dog in the cage fight,
I see evolution pressing forward at all coasts,
I feel the intensity of pressure mounting…
and then my dream is shattered
as the shutters of reality are released –
the poison of the Beast World
floods my synapses and veins,
polluting the core of what I thought possible
and slamming me with a hard dose of reality.
There is no escape from the biting lashes
of truth’s harsh winds –
we came from the dirt, the ash, the mud,
the clay…we are created from out
this firmament…and so, too, shall
we stay here, live here, die here –
from the cradle of the crescent river
to the yawning grave where the worms wait –
all that was, is, or ever will be.

 - Originally appeared in Novelmasters

Seeking (in Vain) for the Answer
Is it the guns?
If so, there will always
still be knives.

Is it the “holy” texts?
If so, there will always
still be misguided interpretations of God.

Is it the consequences of Imperialism?
If so, there will always
still be control freaks and strange laws.

Is it the effects of human tribalism?
Is it the results of ancient conflicts?

Is it the strings pulled by corrupt regimes?
Is it the money funneled by war profiteers?
Is it the celebratory spotlight shined by mass media?
Is it the blueprints orchestrated
by divide-and-conquer conspirators?

Is it nature?
Is it nurture?
Is it a product of original sin?
Is it ideology taught by man?

Is it lone wolves?
Is it organized terror campaigns?

Is it part of a divine plan?
Is it hell being manifested upon the earth?

Is there a path out of the madness at this point?
Is there ever going to come a cessation of the suffering?

- Originally appeared in Dissident Voice

Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com where links to his published work can be found. His chapbook "Songs of a Dissident" is forthcoming in January of 2016 through Transcendent Zero Press.

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