Real Life (For Stephen Hawking)

Real Life

(For Stephen Hawking)



My soul’s greatest peace lies somewhere beyond the moon.

In time, I will travel to that place and settle there.


For now, only in my mind may I visit,

and upon each returning, I become more convinced

that I exist now only in a shadowland, as if behind a sheet,

set up for a puppet theater.


I am a silhouette, and all I see is the same.

When I, once and for all, can walk through that realm

and touch the things that provide its array,

I will experience the first reality I've ever had.

Linda Imbler

Examples of Linda’s poetry and a listing of publications can be found at  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 this.

  2. i love science poems. i tried yesterday to post this but had system issues due to outage. keep writing ms. imbler

    1. Thank you, Joli. I am honored by your comments.

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