Lines People Use



Lines People Use


They dip their pens in vitriol,

and let colors seep from the truth,

behind gray,

and past little white lies. 

“Did you know that …..”


Its harder to remember yesterdays stories as told by mouths. 

They stand,

careless with the large,

careless with the small,

doing their consistent worst.

“Here’s what I heard!”


Then, so soon comes the twilight,

bringing dark nights of trouble.

What splendor hangs in the air,

above where the wounded fell, 

whose peace was robbed by those 

who cause dark clouds and sorrow.

“It’s his/her own fault!”


Along trails of tales,

where secrets,

real or phony,

and the blood of others is spilled.

“Somebody said…..”


Beyond compass of all thought, 

each link in the chain, 

entrusted without merit,

using the latest tell,

“If it’s true!”


Like a spreading maple,

let it grow, let it grow.


Announcers of fakery,

Broadcasting with technology,

spuriously praised 

for each tapped key on the board.

“You didn’t hear this from me, but……”



Linda Imbler


Examples of Linda’s poetry and a listing of publications can be found at 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, Bus Lights, Travel Sights: Nashville and Back, and Spica’s Frequency. She has four e-books published by Soma Publishing;  The 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 for publishing this piece.

  2. we all have lines but frequent use of them becomes avoidance of reality. good catch.

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