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Posts Tagged Emily Dickinson

12 June 2002

Heather: What are some of the poems that you love?

Audrey: Lady of the Lake by Sir Walter Scott. I could recite that poem for seven minutes. “The stag at eve had drunk his fill, Where danced the moon on Monan’s rill,…” Also, I love Robert Burns’ Tam 0′ Shanter “When chapman billies leave the street, And drouthy neebors neebors meet,…”. I love Keats’ poems also. Sappho was a great poet who lived on an island and used a canoe to get around. Sappho could say more with fewer words than anyone else! I think Emily Dickinson came next.

26 June 2002

Heather: What books do you like to read?

Audrey: Old fashioned books like Huckleberry Finn and, of course, I like Charles Dickens’s novels and Emily Dickinson’s poems.

17 July 2002

Heather: What are you reading these days?

Audrey: I love Emily Dickinson’s work. Some of her poems are so beautiful, so easy (to read). I love her work. Her life is very interesting—a little odd, two or three steps from crazy.  (Laughter)

24 July 2002

Heather: How are you feeling?

Audrey: Gotten kind of old. My arms and hand ache, but I sleep pretty good. I can still read. I love Emily Dickinson’s work. Aunt Alice (Alice Firby Rhodes), she didn’t like Emily Dickinson’s work; she thought there was too much death and sadness in her writing.

28 February 2004

Heather: Hello, Mother. This is Heather. What day of the week is this?

Audrey: You call me every Saturday and it is Saturday today.

28 February 2004

Heather: What are you reading now?

Audrey: I’ve got Emily Dickinson life and poems. However, most of her work is not in large print. Some women come from Coventry library every so often, and even when I am not here, they look over my books and leave what they think I will like. I’ve got Mary Higgins Clark’s book, The Second Time Around and Galenski’s book Flirting with Peter.

13 March 2004

Heather: Hello, Mother. How have you been?

Audrey: Without this wheelchair (companion chair, light weight transit chair with four small wheels), I’d be in jail. I’m rocking back and forth constantly. I never sit still. It gives me a little walk. My knees push me back and forth. It gives me so much freedom. This chair goes everywhere. This little chair is an extension of me. The bending of my knees get plenty of exercise.

I enjoy my life. I loved my babies. I feel bad that I don’t have a baby in my arms.

Ernie made me this nice bookcase desk and I have my Emily Dickinson’s books. I like to read so that keeps me busy. It is such a beautiful sunny day. Amber, she bops in every other thing. There was a man playing a guitar (here at Alpine Nursing Home). There are always activities here.