February 15, 2016

Poet Scott Thomas Outlar Responds To "Crown of Water" and "Talking to the Moon"

Poems: Abdicating The Throne and A Sliver of Salvation

"Crown of Water" by Shameeg van Schalkwyk

Abdicating the Throne

They say the crown is heavy
They say the truth is harsh
They say the tide is coming
They say the sky is falling
They say the sea is full of fish
They say the wound is burnt with salt
They say these thorns won’t hurt too much
They say the heart will heal with time
They say that life is just a drop in the bucket
They say the waves rise and fall
They say this water can baptize
They say these sins will come clean
They say these stains will wash away
They say the kingdom is found within
They say that suffering is an illusion
They say that we are born to evolve and adapt
They say that we emerged from out the depths
They say that radiation is poisoning the ocean
They say that oil is smothering the dolphins
They say that carbon is igniting the atmosphere
They say that we’ve done this all to ourselves
They say that we’d best pray to God
They say that we’d better learn to swim
They say the crown is heavy
They say the hammer soon will drop

"Talking to the Moon" by Shameeg van Schalkwyk

A Sliver of Salvation

I hang around up here all night for you
(and through the daytime, too).

I gave away my dwelling down on earth
because angels such as you
would never dare to spend their hours
wasting away with us mere mortals.

I cast my net
to catch a falling star,
that I may seize its cosmic dust
and squeeze it dry of every wish…
always longing for the moment
when you will grant just one
and bless me with the holy visage
of your perfect radiant aura…
if only for the briefest glimpse
before the loneliness of this silent space
collapses back into the entropic void
and all the shining lights
go dim with a final kiss goodbye.

~Scott Thomas Outlar

Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, and interviews can be found. His chapbook "Songs of a Dissident" was released in 2015 through Transcendent Zero Press and is available on Amazon. His full-length collection "Happy Hour Hallelujah" is forthcoming in 2016 through CTU Publishing.

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