Readily Apparent

Like chipmunks to crabapples
chomping the treat abandoned by larger squirrels

you take what you can get

Like promises of infatuation
that give way to lust or stick it out for love

you play the hand you’re dealt

Like the latest narrative of propaganda
distorted through the filter by CNN

you gag to clear the system

Like a vampire holed up in the basement
regurgitating fifty years of confidence man BS

you keep an eye on your own neck

Like a serpent that creeps up slowly
slithering lies about their ancient track record

you squint and notice the rattle

Like an inferno tearing through the city’s heart
gaining kindling with each tacit wink and nod

you see the way the smoke blows

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 You can also watch and/or subscribe to his YouTube Channel Read other articles by Scott Thomas, or visit Scott Thomas's website.