The McKinley Review Magazine

Sinister Sightings

By: Linda Imbler | Posted on: Summer 2019


I was told,

that in days of old,

the old ones walked unseen.


But Astor, demon king, and all the rest,

have endured classification

and kept havoc as their pledge.


Cain, crushed under stones,

and Judas on a tree,

Nero choked by strings that betrayed him,

his music not in tune with the human heart.


Like insect orders,

the evil ones are categorized,

a rubric laid out to evaluate

the damage they do.


And still we have not learned

to avoid their ruination.


Their actions, while condemned, repeat.


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