The Forest of Pain


The Forest of Pain



A wooded site,

once begun with a distinctive aesthetic

of beauty and splendor.


Within this forest, 

who made the first heartbreak?


Bringing forth

all kinds and degrees

of crying conditions,



logs into shapes

smoothly surfaced by tears.


Viewed from any angle,

a design now degraded.


A relentless struggle fought.

It’s hard to discreetly walk out.

And the hills and groves 

offer no aid

against demons and heartaches left

among the trees.



Linda Imbler



Linda Imbler is the author of seven paperback poetry collections and four e-book collections (Soma Publishing. This writer lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband, Mike the Luthier, several quite intelligent saltwater fish, and an ever-growing family of gorgeous guitars. Her new poetry collection “Twelvemonth” will be published soon.Learn more at

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