Vivian In Her Dressing Gown


Vivian In Her Dressing Gown


 She weaves across the room,

wearing the shade of lilac, silk,

after a night of flamboyant festivity.


Her larynx chilled and stilled

until she has drunk her coffee before the mirror.


There’s a massive punch of hangover still in her head.

She’s one of the fermentationally advantaged,

with some of the squirmiest kidneys on the block.


She’s feeling faintly ashamed;

as faint as shame can feel without being nonexistent,

while she slogs through a sloppy compaction of memory.


There’s faint images through that brain fog,

of a good time had by all, 

as they behaved like a rambunctious platoon on leave,

and she with her hair swinging,

like a windblown colt as she danced into the dawn,

while her company tried to pull down the house.


But this morning, she’s still unsold on sobriety,

and she makes no other answer to the challenge 

that perhaps enough is enough,

than to pick up her jolly dust pan,

and sweep up every clue that last night was overdone.



Linda Imbler



Linda Imbler’s poetry collections include six published paperbacks: Big Questions, Little Sleep, Big Questions, Little Sleep” second edition (expanded with 66 additional poems), Lost and Found, Red Is The Sunrise, Bus Lights, Travel Sights, and Spica’s Frequency.  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. Her newest paperback poetry collection, Spicas Frequency, will be published on Amazon in December 2021. Examples of Linda’s poetry and a listing of publications can be sound at In addition to writing, she helps her husband, a Luthier, build acoustic guitars and steel strings in Wichita, Kansas, U.S.A.  They are currently working on number 10. 

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