Olivia Newton-John, My OG Taliswoman

A Taliswoman Short

Leah Welborn
The Shortform

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Original artwork by the author

Perhaps more than any other of my Taliswomen, Olivia Newton-John has remained frozen in time for me, the same roller-skating muse I adored in Xanadu.

I was five years old when I first saw her — so very much larger than life — in Grease. I remember thinking “I’ve never felt like this about someone outside my family.” Love. I thought of her incessantly and tried to imagine what it would feel like to be her.

Scrubbed & wholesome until she turned scintillatingly wild, ONJ was, to my mind as a little girl, the perfect woman. Her passing last week hasn’t changed my memory of her, except to make it more precious.

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Leah Welborn
The Shortform

Empower Your Magical Self with me. I'm the Mystic Autistic, a writer and spiritual baddie. LeahWelborn.net.