On a moonless night with only the streetlight’s glare,

between snatches of sleep,

while I lie lightly dreaming under the color of night’s grey,

as the dark’s orchestra of crickets, breeze, and owls plays,

laid between the choruses of feral dogs’ howls,

at this time, I imagine a long desert journey

of scorpions, rattlesnakes, and roadrunners across the sands.

I suppose purple mountains growing more royally robed with blue’s diffusion into the ether.

I picture swift, streaming dinghies and kayaks leaving silver wakes.

My secrets of earth, sea, and sky, wide and deep and high.


I imagine to slowly wake by silent morning stars 

that close their eyes against their twinkle

with the beginning of dawn.

To only hear the gentle tweet of the early birds, they who catch the worms.


Yet, looking out open windows, 

while my eyes adjust to the dim, 

I see steadily growing candlelight within the clouds,

as the map of my reality takes me down speedily brightening streets.


Forgotten reveries are replaced,

by visions of despondent beggars drunk at dawn,

the early morning screech of an overly enthusiastic jazz trombonist 

playing urban taps for an exhausted, overworked populace,

trucks’ engines thunderously rumbling as the noise of giants racing.


Circadia, please pull me along swiftly

to a moonless night where I lie lightly dreaming….



Linda Imbler 


Linda Imbler’s poetry collections include five published paperbacks: “Big Questions, Little Sleep,” “Big Questions, Little Sleep” 

second edition (expanded with 66 additional poems), 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  

In addition to writing, she helps her husband, a Luthier, build acoustic guitars in Wichita, Kansas, U.S.A.


  1. a work of monumental importance...this should be taken on the road for others to hear...but in time of covid, you should record it and play on social media...

    1. Thank you so much, Lola! I am truly touched and honored by your words. The very best of wishes to you.

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