Poetry

August 10, 2015 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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By

Scott Thomas Outlar

 

 

 

Satiating Urges

 

 

A hawk, wings outstretched, soars

majestically through a clear blue sky,

caught up in the wind currents,

laughing dizzily as it eyes

the field below,

looking for the next prey

upon which to swoop down

and snatch into its primal clutches

for a light snack.

 

A cottonmouth snake, three feet long, swims

through the river

beneath the bridge, slithering

its brown-splotched, scaly skin

toward the next victim

that it will stealthily

snap into with its poisoned fangs

to quench a natural hunger.

 

I walk along the roadside,

smiling at the hawk,

admiring the beauty and grace

with which it flies.

 

I stand upon the bridge,

cautiously eyeing the serpent,

understanding that soon enough

a less careful creature

will no longer be breathing.

 

I head back home,

hungrily moving toward a meal

to fill up my own belly

as this dog eat dog

process plays out as it must.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleep in the Bed That You Made

 

 

Lockstep

along the warpath

 

 

Heads down

taking orders

 

Attention

to the top brass

 

Salute

and kiss the ring

 

Massacre

across the ocean

 

No worries

just obey

 

Flags wave

after the mission

 

Dreams haunted

forever after

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scott Thomas Outlar

Scott Thomas Outlar spends the hours flowing and fluxing to the rhythms of the Tao River while laughing at and/or weeping over life’s existential nature. More of his work can be found at 17numa.wordpress.com

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