Queen’s Gambit

What’s ten seconds in life
to pick up your coat
dust your courage
shine the sleeves

or twenty toward a regiment
or thirty for the screws

What does one minute matter
during the moment of laughter

Forty days and bleed again

What’s five years of the groundhog
haunting the burrows
chasing the hare
choked by the tail

or six to leave permanent scars
or seven stitches through the night

What does one hour’s profit measure
when the till is hollowed out

Eighty gods dream of jinn

nines in the gallows
nines where the genes swirl
nines beyond the vapor trail

nine promises intersect at zero-point

Scott Thomas Outlar is a lover of truth and enjoys researching philosophy, psychology, politics, spirituality, and any other facet of consciousness in the pursuit of reaching a higher state of vibration. He also enjoys writing rants, poems, essays, short stories, and prose-fusion screeds covering such subjects. Scott Thomas can be reached at 17numa@gmail.com. You can also watch and/or subscribe to his YouTube Channel Read other articles by Scott Thomas, or visit Scott Thomas's website.