December 6, 2017 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

allison_dc photo



Linda Imbler





The Lioness Indulges Her Sweet Tooth And I Taste Like Victory



The time of the circus is now,

within the precarious surround of the big top,

chaos within these canvas walls blooms,

the lioness has been released and roams free,

she hungers for what will be

a most satisfying meal,

a self proclaimed sin eater, she devours what she procures in her most brutal fashion

when she can catch it.

I live alert among other performers.

I must, for these lambs less able to fend her off,

I long to exorcise her gone for their sake

and for that of my own,

but I’m not the magician,

I am just the two-faced girl and I don’t match her kills.

One face desires to flee to save myself,

one, stay and stand

and I can’t live with myself if I can’t secure their peace,

though I long to exit the pavilion.

I smell the fear laced sweat of those stalked,

and I watch her play with her food before the strike.

I mourn the absence of the ringmaster

who has so deftly wandered off,

what skill it has taken

to hide himself within the hall of mirrors,

he does not heed my calls but only melts away each time,

deeply reflected,

perhaps he is caught here as penance.

I fathom his remissness but do not forgive.

I  wake each morning grasping an admission ticket within my hand,

I long to awaken with an empty palm.

The time of the circus is now,

I stand as sentry along the carousel each day,

as I watch and guard within the fabric of this marquee.








Inside this giant, hatred is bred,

Sour breath of hostility spread,

Jealousy propagates ill will,

Malignant evil enough to kill.


Cold scorn begins to germinate,

Advances agendas of hate,

The heart’s master,

Destroys ever faster.


Forced ideologies meant to control,

Freedoms constrained that diminish man’s soul,

At what price will humanity regain,

The right to transcend oppression again?






Linda Imbler

Linda Imbler is the author of the published poetry collection “Big Questions, Little Sleep.” Her work has appeared in numerous journals.

Linda’s creative process and a current, complete listing of sites which have or will publish her work can be found at lindaspoetryblog.blogspot.com.

This writer, yoga practitioner, and classical guitar player lives in Wichita, Kansas.

Editor review


No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.