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OF TONGUES AND TAR - Poetry by guest author Scott Thomas Outlar

Oh, what a shame

to see

a lost spirit

stuck in the mud

digging for worms

and trapped ghosts

when all we’d wish

to behold

is the grasp letting go

of this mortal coil

and ascending

to the heavens well-earned

with one final kiss

placed on the forehead

and farewells flooding tears

for the fallen

as off the tongue

and crossing pursed lips

are words prayed in sadness

accepting the passing

of flesh back to soul

where you’ll watch over

all our days with protection

smiling back from the source


Of Tongues and Tar

by Scott Thomas Outlar

Bio: Scott Thomas Outlar is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. He now lives 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. He is the author of seven books, including Songs of a Dissident (2015), Abstract Visions of Light (2018), Of Sand and Sugar (2019), and Evermore (2021 - written with co-author Mihaela Melnic). Selections of his poetry have been translated and published in 14 languages. He has been a weekly contributor at Dissident Voice for the past eight and a half years.

More about Outlar's work can be found at

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