Age Times Ten / Poem by Linda Imbler

Linda Imbler


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
can be found at

Age Times Ten

Age 8

She said she loved his shirt,
so he wore it every day.

Age 16

He said he loved her hair,
then, she styled it always the same.

Age 24

She checked the taste of his coffee in the morning
and always gave him the pizza slice with the most pepperoni.

Age 30

He built her a library room because she loved to read.
While he stood dusty and sweaty from the construction,
she told him he was better looking than Clooney.

Age 50

At her first poetry reading, she caught movement in the audience
as he sat in the audience smiling and waving and
he had the loudest applause.

Age 70

She helped him button his shirt,
although she had arthritis, too.

Age 80

Side by side, they lie and dream together
beneath the grassy green and starry nights.

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