Outliving Gertrude

I will be 73 in just a few days. As I examined an old program from a play I wrote about Gertrude Stein, I note she died at 72. She always looked like someone beyond Time (maybe plucked out of a rocky craig) in her photos. Does this mean I must stop playing Gertrude?
She is, oddly, one of my happier characters. A Jewish, ex-patriot
lesbian in a time when that was not even remotely fashionable, she
made a niche of joy for herself in her art and her personal life.
I might have outlived Gertrude, but in some ways I have yet to live up to her. I have never felt completely sure in my life or art. So many times I have gone down roads of regret. Maybe at 73 I will find
that Gertrude taught me something in spite of the fact that I am neither Jewish,lesbian nor an ex-patriot.


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!
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s