Chaos enters the spaces of stagnation
not to obliterate
but to break down what is not working
so the inherent pattern of order
can emerge in a new light
and the holy path of inward peace
can once again be seen clearly.

The choice to destroy
is not necessarily negative
but sometimes absolutely necessary
as a way to tear apart
a dilapidated structure
so a more solid foundation
can be established
upon which to build
a temple of health, happiness, and love.

Life is not always easy-
but the trials and tribulations
are inherent in the process of progression
as a way to push evolution forward
and the challenges that naturally arise
are a Godsend of grace
presented to teach the lesson
that we are creatures of adaptation and survival.


-Scott Thomas Outlar lives and writes in the suburbs outside of Atlanta. 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. More than 2,300 of his poems, essays, and short stories have been published in 400 different literary venues. More about Outlar’s work can be found at