Chester ran across the road,

or tried to.

He didn't quite make it.

Here comes running

the one who neither believed

in licenses nor leashes.


A truth as hard as the concrete

across which Chester is now spilled,

entering her mind,

as tears of remorse

are spilled also.


Then Chester stands,

once again whole,

without blood-soaked fur.

He gives himself a quick shake,

and runs on,

runs like the wind.

Nothing’s gonna stop him 

in his new world.



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 four e-book collections, The Sea’s Secret Song, Pairings, a hybrid of short fiction and poetry, 

and That Fifth Element, and Per Quindecim. 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. i come to this journal for fine writing and i am never disappointed. that poor dog. they become family.

    1. Yes, they do. Thank you for reading and commenting on my work, Salvatore.

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