There was no need to slam the door.

Just a quick snick would have made the same statement.


Is there any moral name for your misanthropic delight?

You consider love an unimportant theme.

Most find that so very trying.


Like a dog that thinks that everything barks,

gossips mistrust each and every,

their imagined hearings make this so.


And as long as our backs are turned,

you worry the slope of tight enclosures, 

and worship shadows that frame all your thoughts.


Your only smiling times come

as your malice finds a useful scale

upon which your brooding is weighed,

and the scale tips heavily in your favor.


Transparent comeuppance, on your part,

in a most repugnant enterprise,

earns you the award for the most damaging destruction.

You, having painted an unstable sky 

that blasts the land with the disgorgement

of ludicrous thunderclouds 

that rain down your well-earned wergeld,

the blood money squeezed from your soul.


I can only pray that,

in some social order,

the rest of us will give the photographer of each mind his own darkroom,

and hope the photos print more pleasant and true.



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.

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