Screaming Pretty


Screaming Pretty



The cowards whisper along the wire,

convinced they wear the wit of the world.


We all exaggerate the what and the why,

but usually the who is the greatest unknown.


They reflect the color association - 

the reds, the yellows, the oranges.


The sore cost of our veracity once shamed.

Our pricey honesty finally paid back with interest


as the image of the ill-informed becomes clear,

and wields the deciding blow.


The cowards hide, still whispering along the wire

when it breaks.



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 new book, Spica’s Frequency, will be published on December 1, 2021. Examples of Linda’s poetry and a listing of publications can be found 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.


  1. my kinda of work. no apologies for being a woman. no biologist necessary.

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