Saturday, December 1, 2018




I have loved in life the same as you,
won and lost that hand a time or two,
but never cursed the way that cards were dealt,
never blamed the course of shooting stars,
never bet my luck on pennies falling from the sky,
never begged for more or less than what is fair.

I have watched ancient cities crumble across the screen,
laughed and wept in madness at burning dreams,
but never thought my faith was not enough,
never went to war without just cause,
never blinded eyes to spite the heart,
never doubted fate would play its part.

I have seen the way this world turns,
been told time and again we live and learn,
but never cast aspersions at holy angels,
never damned the demons for their nature,
never stole red fire from the sun,
never lusted after glory that wasn’t won.

I have stumbled through darkness the same as you,
battled my own shadows seeking truth,
but never pointed fingers at the moon,
never raged at light when nights went black,
never bartered my good soul when I fell down,
never failed to stand back up on solid ground.


This is my breath,
the same as yours,
the same as dust, the same as ash
when it all comes to an end,
but held deeply within
steady lungs
that long for truth
while we’re still here.

This is my flesh,
the same as yours,
the same as tissue, the same as sinew,
but without
fiber optic connections as of now;
and never will be,
so don’t dare try me
with temptations
toward such so-called system upgrades.

This is my blood,
the same as yours,
the same as a river, the same as the ocean
where we all swam
before the expansion
of our evolution
was set into forward motion.

These are my hands,
the same as yours,
the same as caring, the same as giving,
the same as taking, the same as wanting,
the same as needing to hold
everything that is loved
firmly within their grasp.


I need a centrepiece
to capture my heart
and build a home there

I need a love
that expands beyond
alpha and omega

I need a partner
that sees past my faults
and helps to heal them

I need a goddess
to cast spells
that last a lifetime

I need a trust
that takes each leap
with faith in tow

I need a warrior
prepared to fight
to keep the peace

I need a truth
that has no choice
but to shine with honor

I need a you
in this moment
for all eternity


SCOTT THOMAS OUTLAR hosts the site 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 French, Italian, Dutch, Persian, Serbian, Albanian, and Afrikaans. His radio show Songs of Selah airs weekly on 17Numa Radio.