Rites of Initiation

Any fool

can get high.


It’s not too tough

a trick

to pull off.


All it takes

is a little cash

and a few chemicals


as a dope concoction

to dose and douse

the day with.


Hell, some folks

can ride

such waves

in a peaked state

for months at a time.


But the true test in life

is passed by those

who learn how to sustain

on solid ground

even when water

may be crashing

all around.



the only high that matters

in the end

is experiencing God

stare back

from your soulmate’s eyes.


The only people

who think that sounds cliché

are those too scared

to take the proper hit.

by Scott Thomas Outlar

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