Me and Laura Nyro

she spoke

into

my soul

with harmony,

and

understanding.

i fell in love

to her music

wrapped in

that ageless time

when i became

a girl-woman;

complete

with ceremony

and strife.

i felt

the truth

of every word,

the force

of every rhyme…

in a time

where there were

no teachers

to feed the hunger

of students

like me.

“Eli

and the

Thirteenth

Confession”

and its

many stories

and nuances.

…much later

she sang so simply

at

Great American

Music Hall

in the decade

of her death…

while i continued

to learn and teach:

a student/teacher

straddling

continents

and worlds

still seeking my place

in love,

womanhood

and

in faith.
Linda Tauhid

9/4/16

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