Scott Thomas Outlar originally hails from Atlanta, Georgia. He now resides and writes in Frederick, Maryland. His work has been nominated multiple times for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. He guest-edited the Hope Anthology of Poetry from CultureCult Press as well as the 2019-2023 Western Voices editions of Setu Mag. Selections of his poetry have been translated and published in 15 languages. He has been a weekly contributor at Dissident Voice for the past ten years. More about Outlar’s work can be found at


Trigger Warning

Trojan horse healing –
one morsel of ancient wisdom
coated with sugared pearls
can feed
(or at least sustain)
a thousand starving souls

Life is too beautiful for words
but still we do our best
to grunt
and scribble symbols
in the dirt

while efforts assembled
with sticks and hieroglyphs
are trampled underfoot

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