I’ll wear the shirt

from my father’s funeral

at a reading tonight.


The one that sports

a Georgia G

on the chest.


My heart will beat

in rhythm to his

and we will celebrate together.


I’ll resurrect

the righteous urge

to breathe success into my life.


The fear

has washed away, and I

wish only to make him proud.




Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17numa.wordpress.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, and interviews can be found. He has three poetry collections currently available: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016), and Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016).




Photo credit: Brunswickian [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons