Standing On The Edge of Occasion


Standing On The Edge of Occasion


The anti-clockwise appeal

of stepping back,

hoping to bewitch into constant reminder

the passing slurry of long-ago voices.

You’ll now be nothing but a silent onlooker,

so lose that dramatic woe. 

There are no more dances-the ballroom has been razed.

You experience the great gulp,

exhale the fog that memory can bring.


Step left,

and even with so many banal sorts

someone always goes mad,

enduring wordless conversations that reflect gestures 

meant to move mountains in a world of emojis.

And in the the valleys between

lies the greasy path,

that slippery slope of high-living indulgence


Step right,

and you may even find bald sobriety.

This is the place where eagles stop 

and roost, and stay.

There’s a unique tolerance here

that requires some special thinking.

This is where you imagine you’ll be understood, 

only to find unwelcome schemes 

to play against your cerebral exercises,

a place where strange thoughts seek to intrude.


Step forward now.

Breathe in all the love.

You’ll sense an uplifting shift,

an equal pull of fine, upstanding emotions,

an affectionate trend to do what is good and right.

You’ll discover all this in a silver wrapper of joy.

Read the handy future clocks.

Jump from the moving swing, and never fear.

The only important surface available to land on

is the one that houses unimpeachable truths

of opportunity and possibility.


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. 


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