The Mandala of Healing Memory


The Mandala of Healing Memory


The lapis lazuli stone

is used to declutter the mind.

It is also the color

of your engrossing eyes,

eyes that make all my thoughts fall forward

on top of each other,

as if the gate of my mind

has come off its hinges.

I’m haunted by thoughts of your songs.

If only the mandala

could spin back just so,

to keep those eyes just as beautiful, 

but rendered less than all-consuming,

and more hugely self-protective for me,

by their distance.



 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. zen and poetry mix well when considering the true philosophy behind the marriage. this poem is perfect. If I could give five stars, i would.

    1. Thank you so much, Gabe, for the kind response to my work. Best wishes to you!

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