Year End Update 2 of 7: December Music, Cocoa and Laura Nyro

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Two old poems for this deep December evening: both written back in 1993 during my early twenties and both dedicated to artist Laura Nyro (1947-1997).    Here albums “New York Tendaberry” (1969) and “Christmas and The Beads of Sweat” (1970) are two of my favourite late night choices for music to enjoy in December.   Here is a link to “Christmas and The Beads of Sweat” for you to sample, along with these poems inspired by it.   (Incidentally, “Cocoa and Laura” also serves as a poetic recipe for my usual winter evening drink, which I suggest you prepare before you taste the linked music.)

December Music  
by d.wharnsby

Darkened, dreaming jaunts
through crowded December Streets.
A black world behind office tower lights.
Disoriented, running, aching,
cold in the snow;
drinking and dining,
called home by the sound of her piano.

Haunting me near
this time of year,
running scales through my mind.
The  whispered thoughts I hear.
Cold and sweet.

Train from the Radiant City,
watching the night rise.
In the bus window, my reflection with
her words across my eyes.

In the darkness, downward into sleep.
Above the icing sugar street,
breathing quietly in my ear,
her whispers make me weep.

Cocoa and Laura
by d.wharnsby

Two teaspoons of sweetness,
two of powdered chocolate ~ chestnut brown,
a pinch of nutmeg ~ to bring the pictures around,
Snow in cinnamon ~ to give the edge.
Bring the milk to a boil.

And when dark December is quiet,
and when white sugar sprinkles past the street lamps,
enjoy cocoa and Laura together ~
filling your mouth, your mind, your meaning ~
Bring the music to a boil.

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4 thoughts on “Year End Update 2 of 7: December Music, Cocoa and Laura Nyro

  1. Zara

    I don’t like a cinnamon but the rest of song and recipe sound great 🙂 Salams!

  2. Hiba

    Salam ^^ I’ve been wanting to read some poems in this weather and your post came at the right time 🙂 Take care sir

  3. Artamus

    Nice Poetry, thanks. I Love Laura Nyro!

  4. Thanks Artamus ~ delightful to meet a fellow Laura lover. It has always seemed, in my life, that her diverse albums have linked to various seasons. These days, with December over and a new year’s winter upon me in Canada, I find “Gonna Take A Miracle” keeps me warm. Do you have an ultimate favourite “Laura” song? Mine is unquestionably “Mother’s Spiritual”. Tears ~ almost every time.

    “Mother’s Spiritual”
    Laura Nyro

    On a street corner where the kids boogie all night,
    Or where the winds sing and the stars shine like holiday lights,
    Come a band of angels
    Salvation in their might and as for peace on earth…

    Feel this love, my brothers and sisters,
    Feel the season turn, she is the mother of time.
    Wonders that take you, rivers that give,
    That’s where mother’s spiritual lives.

    Talk of a ruby, love, lover’s share,
    Find your love, lose your love here and there.
    So you go home, do your own thing, the ocean sings to me,
    That love is always alive and part of thee.

    Feel this love, my brothers and sisters
    Feel the season turn, she is the mother of time.
    Light and darkness come to her kiss,
    ‘Cause that’s where mother’s spiritual lives.

    Come to the lights my sisters and take what you need,
    Doesn’t matter, my brothers, your Sunday creed,
    ‘Cause each one’s a lover to this winter night star,
    A pilgrim, a pioneer, that’s who you are.

    Feel this love, my brothers and sisters,
    Feel the season turn, she is the mother of time.
    It’s not war, no ~ it’s life she gives,
    And that’s where mother’s spiritual lives.

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