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Poetry: Galloping Stoically Toward Annihilation by Scott Thomas Outlar

Galloping Stoically Toward Annihilation

by Scott Thomas Outlar

now that the poison has passed
through the system

what scars are left
in the wake

a thousand ways to die
so pick yours
but not too soon

some cells are only meant
to protect the host

no matter the cost
of their own osmosis

but better to be born
a knight than a gnat

better to grasp at stars and miss
than to never reach at all

and better still to taste the moon
hung low in frozen autumn

About the author

Scott Thomas Outlar lives and writes in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Selections of his poetry have been translated into Afrikaans, Albanian, Bengali, Dutch, French, Italian, Kurdish, Persian, and Serbian. His sixth book, Of Sand and Sugar, was released in 2019 through Cyberwit Press. He hosts a podcast, Songs of Selah, that airs weekly on 17Numa Radio and features interviews with contemporary poets, novelists, artists, musicians, and health enthusiasts. More about the show and Outlar’s work can be found at 17Numa.com.

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