The Jester Becomes the Jest


The Jester Becomes The Jest


The sulking funny man on whom this day the tables are turned.

He has been momentarily shamed.

He must consider his current condition

while he holds the title of laughingstock.


He must call to mind past moments 

when he tricked others to play the fool.


His tricks have compromised his reputation.

Sadly, he hoots like a downhearted owl,

but the masked and pretentious merely yawn at his gags.

His life now measured by each shattering of his heart,

and his overlooked wishes.


His only hope for recovery 

lies in better reading people’s responses,

and body language,

and the fact that he must learn to care.



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 


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