Lara Dolphin

The Callback 

Last Wednesday afternoon
in the cosmetic aisle of the Broadway Duane Reade,
an ingenue, not unlike myself, was vocalizing 
as if the back of the store were her own Ripley-Grier. 
She motioned with a friendly wave
summoning me to her impromptu studio. 
Come again? She glanced at my basket filled 
with Throat Coat tea and Fire Cider.  Confused 
but not vexed, I approached. Can you help? she asked
thrusting dog-eared sheet music in my direction.
I nodded. And there in the back of a dusty pharmacy
with unforgiving lights and distorted acoustics
we joined in perfect harmony 
feeling, in that moment, that we were 
exactly where we were meant to be.

Lara is a chocolate addict, slacktivist and determined dreamer. A recovering attorney, novice nurse, and full-time mother of four amazing kids, she is exhausted and elated most of the time.