When faced with a need

to discuss things of consequence,

when it seems hard

to have your wisdom accepted;

when you only wish

to say things imaginatively sensible,

with resplendent wit,

let yourself float

within mental transitional space,

and spin alternating conversations

upon your mental carousel.


While comments twirl,

imagine the other side,

wishing to discard their own bad ideas

and adopt your paradigm,

because you used expert verbal brushwork 

like a Van Gogh,

or dealt out ideas like a cardsharp 

with a dictionary rather than a deck,

because you set up your carnival grounds

with the most scholarly carnival rides. 


Mint the Janus coin in your favor,

let both sides come up heads,

close the gap,

like a once unfortunate cut now completely healed.



Linda Imbler


Linda Imbler’s poetry collections include seven 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; Spica’s Frequency; and Doubt and Truth.  Soma Publishing has published her four e-book collections, The Sea’s Secret Song; Pairings, a hybrid of short fiction and poetry;  That Fifth Element; and Per Quindecim. Examples of Linda’s poetry and a listing of publications can be found at

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