The Fluency of Unmuffled Words


 The Fluency of Unmuffled Words



Like chrysalism,

that amniotic tranquility felt indoors 

during the eerie tension of a t-storm,


ugly words become

muffled words, 

like upstairs arguments, 

or those in a next-door hotel room or apartment

because even white noise is never silent.


There are not enough words for

what we really need to communicate to each other,

amid the great profusion of claps

that could potentially break fragile thoughts.


Know that as we repaint the air 

with the true colors of tenderness,

we will recover the smooth form of our nerves 

after the release of anxiety,

will rebuild the once waning strength of our angst.


And the fluency of our unmuffled words

will help us both

love the beauty and/of the dark.


 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 Sight; 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, Rhythms Told, will be published this autumn.  Examples of Linda’s poetry and a listing of publications can be found at 

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