Jun 19 2018 4.00



How much distance and difference is there

between a mountain and a molehill?


And how far are you determined to climb

to insure your problems amount to blessings in the end?


How tenacious is your will to peace?

How deep is your reservoir of faith?


When you weep with me

do so not out of sorrow

but exultation

and know that even in our suffering

there shines a light of salvation.


How many skeletons are there living in your closet

that rattle bones when you can’t sleep at night?


And how tired are the dragons that guard the secrets

hiding in the shadows that haunt your soul?


How dedicated is your tongue to truth?

How strong is your resolve in the fire?


When you dance with me

do so not in half steps

but full measure

and know that every movement

guides us closer to the stars.


How many millstones hang around your neck

as you drag your cross from earth to sea to sky?


And how many psalms do you recite in darkness

as a prayer for healing to arrive with dawn?


How inspired is your passion?

How embedded is your urge to ascend?


When you sing with me

do so not in low key

but high spirits

and know that this language of lyrics

is born of revival.



About the Author


Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, live events, and books can be found. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Scott was a recipient of the 2017 Setu Magazine Award for Excellence in the field of literature. He has been a weekly contributor at Dissident Voice for the past four years.