Tne Glass Collector



The Glass Collector


Who will now bear the standards,

help cease the cannons roar?


John, as part of a valorous chain, 

closely linked to his brothers,

not afraid to look down at crater’s edge.


Thunder rushed headlong,

and the sky loomed bright.

Rivers burned

as they struggled to repel

sinister, destructive effects.

They poured their sweat into the oceans

to replenish shrinking seas.


Thousands of hands bore arms in supplication,

blessed the dark that protected them,

penetrated the hostility for our sake.


He braved all this

believing  there would be

better windows in the new houses,

and robins would build nests in new trees,

as birds of day,

bird of night,

birds of dawn.


Their oaths and ordeals 

translated into the greatest generation.


John, our hometown hero.

To him centuries of debt owed,

calendars of veneration with purpose due.


We can repay him,

in part,

by helping all the glass 

that garrisons a serene world   

not be shattered.




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 FoundRed Is The SunriseBus LightsTravel SightSpica’s Frequency; Doubt and Truth; A Mad Dance and Twelvemonth.  Soma Publishing has published her four e-book collections, The Sea’s Secret SongPairings, 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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