Jesus transformed water into wine
in honor of his blood brother Dionysus,
which is quite nice for anyone
who wants to drink deeply of the madness
inherent in this world
whilst they buzz on high in the revelry of chaos.
But such kicks only last for so long,
and at some point the underlying issues
of suffering and sorrow
which are part of the basic human condition
must be addressed with higher vibration solutions
than can be found in the bottle or chalice.
Buddha had a plan for such problems
centered around the eightfold path
which basically amounted to maintaining mindfulness
in all actions, speech, and intentions.
While this path can be nice to walk down for awhile,
unfortunately, at its core, it borders too near
the edge of nihilism, negation of the world,
and extremist aestheticism;
and, at the end of the day, is simply a playground
for children to frolic upon before they are ready
to embrace both dualities of this life experience in full.
The River Tao, me thinks, is the way to go in this regard.
The waves rise and fall.
Life events flow and flux.
New problems present themselves,
followed by answers through adaptation.
From out each chaotic turbulence,
a new state of order emerges.
The Tao embraces it all.
The Tao is a feast and a fast.
The Tao is the future and the past.
The Tao is the constantly unfolding present moment.
© Scott Thomas Outlar
Excerpt from the book “Happy Hour Hallelujah”
About the Author
Scott Thomas Outlar resides in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, Georgia where he spends the hours flowing and fluxing with the ever-changing currents of the Tao River while laughing at and/or weeping over life’s existential nature. He hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, and interviews can be found. His poem “Poetic Points” was nominated for Best of the Net by The Mind[less] Muse in 2015. Since beginning to submit his work in 2014, he has had more than 800 poems appear in over 200 print and/or online venues, both in the United States and internationally. He has been a weekly contributor to the Sunday Poetry Page of the social justice newsletter Dissident Voice for the past two years. Scott’s most recent chapbook “Songs of a Dissident” was released through Transcendent Zero Press.
Visit Scott’s Author Page At: www.ctupublishinggroup.com/scott-thomas-outlar-.html