A friendly butterfly
in the summer breeze,
landed on a leaf
beside me on the path,
to slowly spread wide each wing
like a peacock strutting during a private show
to reveal its black and sharp blue beauty.
I did what any reasonable man
wandering through the woods would:
stood and stared in awe
before whispering a prayer of appreciation
for the magical nature of this blessed existence.
Later on, some beast of the bank
stuck a finger in my eye
while sucking several notes
straight from my soul.
It all balances out in this world.
A pound of flesh for the frenzied feast
and a wink to the stars come the save.
Scott Thomas Outlar is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. He now lives and writes in Frederick, Maryland. He is the author of seven books, and 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, 2020, 2021, and 2022 Western Voices editions of Setu Mag. He has been a weekly contributor at Dissident Voice for the past eight years. Selections of his poetry have been translated into Afrikaans, Albanian, Azerbaijani, Bengali, Cherokee, Dutch, French, Hindi, Italian, Kurdish, Malayalam, Persian, Serbian, and Spanish. More about Outlar's work can be found at 17Numa.