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 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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