Furnished Without Words



Furnished Without Words


Inside my heart and head, within each place,

there's not a room but a nook,

sheltering what I most cherish,

retaining that with which I am most loathe to part.


I need not express aloud my need

to keep these treasured things held dear.

The eyes of the universe have already seen within,

and knows what I desire to hold, or to share.


It knows what I long to pull from sweet, secret chambers,

sheathed, enclosed where sleeps some dreams deep and with calm,

while others pace fitfully throughout all hours,

transport themselves along my halls, 

and through the open door to be moved into the light of day.


Some of these things exist until a reconsideration of need,

based on circumstances, brings them forth,

and they can be quickly dispatched.

These, once applied, I am willing to set free for all time.


But always there is a firm, stanch, unchanging

placement of some items which I am determined to keep.

Furnishings rearranged, but never discarded,

my unshaking, unwavering, resolute reverence

for pieces which reflect love, peace, and hope,

my ardent determination to listen for and respond to

the crying needs of others.

These are things with which I must always furnish myself.



 Linda Imbler



Examples of Linda’s poetry and a listing of publications can be found at lindaspoetryblog.blogspot.com.  When not writing, Linda is an avid reader, classical guitar player, and a practitioner of both Yoga and Tai Chi.  In, addition, she helps her husband, 

a Luthier, build acoustic guitars.  She lives in Wichita, Kansas, U.S.A.  She enjoys her 200-gallon saltwater reef tank wherein resides her 21 year old yellow tang.  Linda’s published paperback poetry collections include Big Questions, Little Sleep,  Big Questions, Little Sleep: Second Edition, Lost and Found, Red Is The Sunrise, and Bus Lights, Travel Sights: Nashville and Back. She has four e-books published by Soma PublishingThe Sea’s Secret Song, Pairings, which is a hybrid ebook of short fiction and poetry, That Fifth Element, and Per Quindecim. Linda has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and five Best Of The Nets.   


  1. Thank you, Ariel Chart, for publishing my piece.

  2. i am enjoying this one immensely. nearly missed it.

    1. Thank you, Chelsea, for reading the poem and the comments.

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