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A Modern Grandmother, by Helen Leah Reed (1860 - 1926)

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This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for November 26, 2023. <br> ------<br>
Helen Leah Reed is perhaps best known for her "Brenda" series of novels, which reflect at least some of the experiences in her own life in a women's university, and social work. In addition to novels, she both wrote her own poetry, and translated other poems. This is one of her lighter ones. (Summary by redrun)
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I want to see a grandmother like those there used to be,
In a cosy little farm-house, where I could go to tea;
A grandmother with spectacles and a funny, frilly cap,
Who would make me sugar cookies, and take me on her lap,
And tell me lots of stories of the days when she was small,
When everything was perfect—not like today at all.

My grandmother is "grandma," and she lives in a hotel,
And when they ask "What is his age?" she smiles and will not tell.
Says she doesn't care to realize that she is growing old;
Then whispers—"But you're far too big a boy for me to hold."
Her dresses shine and rustle, and her hair is wavy brown,
And she has an automobile, that she steers, herself, down town.

My grandmother is pretty. "Do I love her?" Rather—yes;
Our Norah calls her stylish, and on the whole I guess
She's better than the other kind, for once, when I was ill,
She helped my mother nurse me, and read to me until
I fell asleep; and stayed with me, and wasn't tired, and then
She played nine holes of golf with me when I got out again.
Yet, because I've never seen one, just once I want to see
A real old-fashioned grandmother, like those there used to be.
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Thank you, Beeswaxcandle. :thumbs:
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Thank you, Bruce. :thumbs:
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Post by BrizeCrize »

Another 'Modern Grandmother' in 1:43:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/moderngrandmother_reed_bc_128kb.mp3

Thank you,
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Thank you, Brize. :thumbs:
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redrun wrote: November 30th, 2023, 9:58 pm I've added my own, ready for PL. :mrgreen:
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/moderngrandmother_reed_rr_128kb.mp3 (2:05)
Just one minor note (if you wnt to correct it):
0:40
and she lives in a hotel,
I heard
she lives in a hotel,

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Thank you Algy, I'll see if I can patch it. 8-)
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Algy Pug wrote: December 1st, 2023, 4:19 pm Just one minor note (if you wnt to correct it):
0:40
and she lives in a hotel,
I heard
she lives in a hotel,
Updated rendition:
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/phylactery_hay_arb_128kb.mp3 (2:06)
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redrun wrote: December 1st, 2023, 11:01 pm
Updated rendition:
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/phylactery_hay_arb_128kb.mp3 (2:06)

PL OK. :thumbs:

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Thanks for the PL, Algy. :D
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Hi - here's my version:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/moderngrandmother_reed_gln_128kb.mp3

...with a length of 1:53. Thanks a lot,

Garth
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