“Glissando of Silver”

Aurora Borealis


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Lady Nyo

I can still hear the music
Coming over the valley,
A glissando of silver sound
My father’s French horn
All phantoms now,
The adagio of Mahler’s Fifth-
Heartbreaking, haunting  dreams,
The allegro of a Mozart something,
What I never knew
But quickening  the heart.

The Aurora Borealis
Dipped her chariot too low
Over our hemisphere
And a glissading curtain
Of celestial green
Ribboned the ink black sky.

My father saluted it
With a cadenza of Wagner
And a Music of the Spheres,
Drawn out in lyrical passages
Floated up to those green ribbons,
A celestial duet
With the Cosmos on one side
And a determined humanity on the other.

I can still hear the music
Coming over that valley
A haunting horn fading away
The man, too,
Both the essence of phantoms now
Into the territory of dreams.


Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2018


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26 Responses to ““Glissando of Silver””

  1. Frank Hubeny Says:

    Beautiful memory of your father playing as the Aurora Borealis performed in the sky. I’ve seen this when living in Maine and it is impressive.

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  2. ladynyo Says:

    you are so lucky, Frank. That was a rare siting of the Aurora Borealis in mid New Jersey. I thought I had dreamed it, it was so rare, but now I know it happened. Thank you, Frank, for reading. A very special time it was and it was back in the 1960’s.;

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  3. Frank Hubeny Says:

    I remember seeing the Aurora Borealis in the 1970’s. It was also a long time ago for me, but I won’t forget it.

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  4. ladynyo Says:

    No, you can’t forget it. It probably is as close to a Cosmic Miracle that we will Ever get next to.

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  5. belle Says:

    Good heavens, this is stunning!

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  6. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Belle. I’ll be over later after dinner.


  7. kim881 Says:

    I so enjoyed your silver glissando, Jane. What a wonderful memory of your father, his art mirrored by the Northern Lights!

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  8. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) Says:

    What a wonderful symphony… I just came from a concert but that was Beethoven with piano… but so great. Would love to hear the Northern Light

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  9. charliezero1.wordpress.com Says:

    Excellent tribute to your father.

    The Aurora skies bring a memory for us to remember everyone by. Beautifully and moving poem.

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  10. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Charlie.

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  11. charliezero1.wordpress.com Says:

    You’re very welcome, friend.

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  12. ladynyo Says:

    Well, there is the fabled Music of the Spheres…..


  13. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Kim. Twenty-eight years and I still see and hear him.

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  14. Grace Says:

    A beautiful celestial music, straight from the heavens Jane!

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  15. Victoria C. Slotto Says:

    This absolutely got to me deep down. There is so much healing in music and in such an incredible moment with the likes of the composers you cite. Methinks your father was a balm that helped make you who your are.

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  16. ladynyo Says:

    I think so, too, Victoria. Both in the healing of music and my father who was the parent capable of love. Also, these composers! I very recently bought Mahler’s Songs of the Wayfarer, etc. and was so taken with them, I ordered the sheet music. I did this Tuesday, and lo and behold! Today, it came. I am going to settle down and listen, learn and glory in this absolutely gorgeous music. Balm for the soul, Indeed. Thank you, Victoria.

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  17. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Grace. You probably have seen many Aurora Borealis in your life where you live. If you have, you have touched the Cosmos.


  18. rothpoetry Says:

    Loved the image of the music the man and the northern lights!
    Very beautifully done!

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  19. Sarah Russell Says:

    I especially like the aurora described as a chariot. Just wonderful!

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  20. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Sarah! Thank you. Since I woke up this am with the flu it will take me a while to focus….and I will visit your blog. thank you.


  21. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Dwight. I woke up with the flu this am, so I will visit your site as soon as I can. thank you, again.

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  22. Sarah Russell Says:

    Oh, be careful of that flu! Mine was just coughing and a nasty cold that took forever to leave, but if you start a fever, get to a hospital quick!

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  23. rothpoetry Says:

    Take care get some rest!

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  24. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Sarah. It’s so strange….just like a cold but I feel like I have been beaten. Whole frame aches.


  25. ladynyo Says:

    well, I got it Friday night. It is horrible. Haven’t eaten anything since Friday night…just lemonade….andtried some juice (other) and threw it up. Good God!


  26. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you. Stay healthy. This flu is the bomb.

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