The McKinley Review Magazine

Paper Dolls Left in the Rain

By: Linda Imbler | Posted on: Summer 2019


I must remember to grab the right half of truth,

that clarity sometimes breathed at dawn.

And remember the radiant substance

of our friendship.


Knowing you long ago,

and all the colorless girls and boys,

and what transpired

within a mere fraction of my life,

might seem to others as weak,


but what power it held.


Hearing of your silent death

throws such wistfulness my way,

and I can no longer truly feel

our reminiscences without you at the other end.


And though I wish to stop

and really relive my best years,

the ritual of time is pulling me along,

pulling me beyond

the demarcation line

between childhood to adult.


Linda Imbler’s poetry collections include two self-published works, “Big Questions, Little Sleep,” and “Lost and Found.” Soma Publishing has published her two e-book collections, “The Sea’s Secret Song,” and “Pairings,” a hybrid of short fiction and poetry.  Examples of Linda’s poetry and a listing of publications can be found at