Looking Beyond the Steel Machine

Looking Beyond the Steel Machine

Who should we curry favor with

in this age of science and steel?

If we must agree

there are useless things,

do not let those things be:

Spring’s hand

waving nostalgic forest fragrance

into the air.

Scarred hills

reminding us of the trampled wildness

of the land when we trod too heavily upon the Earth.

Silken love passed between

spouses,siblings, and parent/child.

Blissful sleep enjoyed while

candles’ wicks are softly bowing.

We’ve allowed the fate of time

to fill our yesterdays, 

and shape us in ways

we were not meant to conform to.

Must we sleep until our futures melt away? 

And yesterday’s tomorrows

become tomorrow’s yesterdays?

We must hope to never be frightened into corners,

seeing the world through fearful eyes,

creating a new religion of the steel machine.

 Linda Imbler

Linda Imbler’s poetry collections include four published works by Amazon, “Big Questions, Little Sleep,” “Lost and Found,” “Red Is The Sunrise,”   and “Bus Lights, Travel Sights.”  Soma Publishing has published her three e-book collections, “The Sea’s Secret Song,”  “Pairings,” a hybrid of short fiction and poetry, and “That Fifth Element.” Examples of Linda’s poetry and a listing of publications can be found at lindaspoetryblog.blogspot.com.  In addition to writing, she helps her husband, a Luthier, build acoustic guitars. 


  1. Dy Fusard --- A frightening poem with glimpses of a possible future.

  2. Hard to be a prophet in your home town. This could be a peek into tomorrow. Incredible task.

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