Another Two Fingers of Whiskey Please


Another Two Fingers of Whiskey Please

There’s more folks tonight at the bar

than on the dance floor,

even with that majestic music playing,

so achingly familiar.

People wandering like half-dazed cattle,

once thinking the music would be immutable,

but it plays now with a silence

so muted it’s crushing.

The noise in those frequenters’ heads,

grown so loud it births each a new perception,

not sought, but still found

like a street they falsely remember curving one way,

when in fact, it’s curved toward the other direction.

Time and bars are great snaking archways

that twist all five senses,

while stunned habitués stay focused

on what never really mattered.

 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.” Another e-book for Soma Publishing is forthcoming within the next three months. 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



  1. this year feels like a barrel of whiskey is needed. great job.

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