Written for:  Sunday Muse #139 - Laura Nyro

One lucky summer night
my friend and I, both
lovers of Laura Nyro's
music, sat in Central 
Park, and thrilled to
the sounds of Laura
at the piano, eight 
months pregnant, in
fabulous voice.  Fortunately,
I have all her music,
and it never grows stale. 
Gone too young.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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31 Responses to Laura

  1. rothpoetry says:

    Music stays in your mind for ever! What an interesting setting for a pregnant musician!!


  2. Carrie V. H. says:

    An amazing memory of an amazing talent! She was gone too young indeed! 💙


  3. Sherry Marr says:

    How wonderful to have seen her perform live! And in Central Park no less!


  4. I’d never heard of her – will have to listen to her now to form an opinion 🙂

    Thanks for the introduction!


  5. coalblack says:

    THAT sound like a perfect memory! I’ve been a fan of hers since I was sixteen and saw “New York Tendaberry” in another girl’s record collection. I wondered, wow, who’s THIS? Before long I had all her records. I used to turn off the lights in my room, light candles and listen to NYT. My mother took it as a sign of drug use. It wasn’t.


  6. wyndolynne says:

    Marvelous remembrance — the music imprinting the time and place so vividly.


  7. Beverly Crawford says:

    So happy to be introduced to Laura Nyro, What a lovely memory you’ve shared. Thank you.


  8. Truedess says:

    You were lucky to see her perform and Central Park is a beautiful setting. The beauty of music is that is lingers long after the artist is gone. So sad, that she was taken so soon!


  9. Helen Dehner says:

    Of course, your write left me with body chills … what a remembrance. Happy Holidays dear Sara (formerly of PDX.)


  10. kaykuala h says:

    How wonderful Sara to have been there in person. It is a real pity she has to go early. Thanks for sharing!



  11. qbit says:

    Wow! That must have been amazing.


  12. Susie Clevenger says:

    What a blessing!


  13. robtkistner says:

    Strong piece Sara. Magical night I’m sure — wow! Well written. I am listening to Laura’s album “Angel In The Dark” as I write this. Damn she was so good. Left us way too soon!


  14. Jim says:

    She would be a natural for Central Park. Was it a concert or just under the trees. We had bands and singers and singer groups all over the parks here in the 60’s and 70’s. Janis Joplin came, the ZZ Top got their start here in Houston in 1968. I would ride my motorcycle from tree to tree, listening to group after group. Mrs. Jim heard Elvis in Shreveport, LA, at a playing for the Louisiana Hay Ride.


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