The Treasure Chest That is Key West


The Treasure Chest That Is Key West


Duval Street,

along which Papa dragged his

six-toed cats’ water-bowl one drunken night,

to a house with a library and typewriter, 

pecking out memories of mountains, war, and Africa.


An open sky with lots of sun,

soft afternoon rains to ease the heat,

and under both a treasure trove 

of things to see, eat, and do.


Glass bottomed boats, 

hovering above coral reefs located miles off shore,

leaving room for Captains’ wheels,

parasail harnesses, snorkles and scubas,

all sharing clear waters with giant sea turtles,

beyond sandy beaches, and southernmost tips. 

It’s not crowded here because the sea is so vast.


The best Key Lime pie (buy it at the kiosk in the Post Office, believe it or not!)

The My Blue Heaven lunchtime menu,

and other eateries serving yellowfin tuna, or cuban sandwiches.

Don’t forget Pepe’s with a full course Thanksgiving dinner every Thursday.


Trolleys, bicycles, motorbikes for travel,

or the joy of walking on just your own two feet

Viewing along the way skeletons dressed in leather in motorcycle shops,

sponges and statues on display,

and numerous densely populated bars full of nautical and seaworthy folk.


A daily sundown carnival with cat acrobats, magic,

massages, and stunning sunsets painted into a darkening sky.


Evening ghost walks, passing raised crypts in the cemetery,

a strange doll with supposedly malevolent powers,

sure to keep you awake while you ponder leaving the lights on.


A place to treasure, a valuable place,

dig deep and uncover all her jewels,

and when you leave her,

let all your memories be your bounty. 



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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