Alice B Toklas – another look

I haven’t picked up anything on the Stein-Toklas era since I played Gertrude several years ago. These two people had a distinct self (selves) that was very far removed from my life.
Today I read through letters Alice wrote after Gertrude died. A woman who could definitely have written her own autobiography, but chose to defer.
I sat out in our gazebo (about to come down for the winter) with my dog listening at my feet as I read some parts aloud. I can’t imagine how her voice would sound….the Byzantium look of her photos make me feel her voice was brass shined up.
I can’t seem to write much yet….still in performing mode. Obviously, since I even felt I had to perform Alice for the dog!
My autumn is coming together as the green world comes apart in
dry brown colors.
I always though Alice and Gertrude were one of the happier love stories. When you see their combined grave at Pere LeChaise you
feel their lives completed each other.
I have my own love story. But I like the tales of others.
Poetry blew about on the winds today.


About christineemmert

Words have been part of my life. First the spoken word in my time as an actress and increasingly the written word in my shift to writer. I write across the genres, but mostly as a playwright and poet. My interest as my life extends is in the realm of tethering myth to the mundane reality where I live. In this vein I have expanded into stories and novels. Presently I look at how myths taken from past cultures can affect us today. Hence my novella of Lilith which is out on Kindle . I live in the Eastern Woodlands where I try to incorporate nature into my many writing projects. We are so in danger of losing that link to our very planet!
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