Roll of the Dice

Roll Of The Dice


In a universe full of randomness

can any roll of the dice, 

or anything rolling off of a civil tongue be profitable?


The shaken get tossed,

creating a jumble and tumble

of silver voices or red and black boxcars 

(those 6’s look really cool as neighbors.)


We, plenty armed with facts and points of view.

A straight line thrown from a grasp by supple fingers.

The strategy of an exercised wrist and tongue

as each bounces into an unknown.


Show your pips and your verbs,

for your success in either case

entitles you to a percent of the house,

and lets you sandwich the cash.


A certain energy spits,

as the second die adds to the efforts of the first.

And clarifying your spoken words

adds to the effort of the original statement.


We celebrate the uniqueness of each facet on the rolling bones,

and what positive phrases register in the mind.


Three rolls and third time spoken’s sometimes the charm.

This trilogy crushes the guilt

of any benefit you might acquire.


To realistically find what was sought or desired;

a great reward for keeping one’s eye on the prize.



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. For me the lines that contain philosophy are important than poetry. This is work that sticks with you.

  2. Thank you, Kelso, for reading my work and commenting.

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