Only quiet, still visions,

emotional afterimages

of a once bustling historical form

known to have existed.

Evidence of old tradition is here,

but only one chapter can be viewed

of the book of its past,

all other chapters being conspicuously absent, 

abandonment’s factors not known.


 There can be only so many causes for its defeat,  

which begs the question -

over the course of time

what took it from its short endurance,

this once dynamic place, 

with citizens living in such a dynamic way,  

with the continual rise of activity evident in daily life,

and dropped it into its entropy,

then into the final stage of collapse

leaving only this eerie forlorn location,

a site filled with haunting mystery,

relinquished by any who survived

and went in search of better optics.



 Linda Imbler


Linda Imbler is an internationally published poet, an avid reader, classical guitar player, and a practitioner of both Yoga and Tai Chi.  In, addition, she helps her husband, a Luthier, build acoustic guitars.  She lives in Wichita, Kansas, U.S.A. where she enjoys her 200-gallon saltwater reef tank wherein resides her 24 year old yellow tang.  Linda’s poetry collections include eight published paperbacks: Big Questions, Little Sleep First Edition, Big Questions, Little Sleep Second Edition; Lost and Found; Red Is The Sunrise; Bus Lights; Travel Sight; Spica’s Frequency; Doubt and Truth; and A Mad Dance.  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  Linda has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and six Best Of The Nets.  

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