Saturday, December 1, 2018




Leaving you
should be so easy.
Your cold ways
border on abuse,
but it isn’t,
I've paid with heart and soul,
squandered emotional and spiritual currency
for your benefit.
An investment
yielding little return.
It should be so easy,
but I'll spend some more time trying to decide.


Once I knew,
no other
could please me.
Except him.

I grew happy.

no other would
ever make my
world turn as it should.


The two smiling ladies exit the car and walk toward the door.
One clad in lilac and phlox, the eldest of her clan.
The other, the eldest of no one,
dressed in whatever color suits the day.

The small, furry gray haired elder greets them; he stretches,
extends his right leg forward and bows;
a genuflection; his recognition, as if to say I know you,
you are half of the congregation.

Inside, stands the lovely priestess,
wearing the jeweled hands and the glittering smile.
She speaks of art, love, friendship, all spiritual things,
she speaks of the creation of lovely adornments
to match the beauty of the world.
And she has the evidence to prove their worth.

There also stands the bishop.
This is his church and we welcome what is worshipped here.
There are rituals within this sanctuary,
seemingly unexceptional to any observers, but crucial to the group.
It's as if we are performing our own kind of mass
and we do it with tea and butter.

These meetings are meant for the sharing and acceptance
of creeds that lie deep within our souls,
our way of confession.
Who knew that those two Eucharistic elements
could bring forth such intimate conversation?

There's sometimes pizzelles and pickles,
usually pictures and poems,
but always tea and butter
to represent the truest meaning of friendship
within the safe walls that surround this altar.


LINDA IMBLER is an internationally published poet.  Her poetry collections include “Big Questions, Little Sleep,”  “Lost and Found,” and “The Sea’s Secret Song.”  Her newest e-book “Pairings” is due out soon.  She is a Kansas-based Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Nominee.  Linda’s poetry and a listing of publications

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