I remember my grandparents’ enclosed porch,
their Boston Terriers nipping at my heels
as I entered the yard.
I enjoyed the reminiscences,
repeated at each visit.
I reveled in the laughter that ensued
after each anecdote about my childhood was concluded.
The story I remember most today
is the one about my lone field trip,
at the age of three,
to the neighborhood railroad tracks.
Little me, found by frantic people
and returned home safely.
In later years, my grandmother,
Alzheimer ridden,
was found wandering
those same railroad tracks
by equally frantic people.
I’ve wondered since
if we were looking for the same thing.


Linda Imbler’s poetry collections include “Big Questions, Little Sleep,” “Lost and Found,”
“The Sea’s Secret Song,” and “Pairings,” a hybrid ebook of short fiction and poetry. 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 lindaspoetryblog.blogspot.com.