September 6th, 2021

These are quotes that Louise sent me 8 days ago. She had just come back from a solitary walk, and many of the neighbours she encountered asked after Pouchkine,, not yet knowing that he had died weeks before…She was warmed by this evidence that Pouchkine had made so many friends during his lifetime.

Louise described her literary choices as short, but intense. She referred to the poetess as “your friend Emily Dickinson” (did I introduce Louise to her work? I can’t remember).


Louise’s first choice is an excerpt from an Emily Dickinson poem:

J’habite la demeure du possible. Elle a plus de portes et de fenêtres que la demeure de la raison.”

-Emily Dickinson

In the original English:

I dwell in Possibility –
A fairer House than Prose –
More numerous of Windows –
Superior – for Doors –

Her second choice comes from the writings of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, which Louise considers to be : [L’] “Une de mes bibles”.

On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.” Saint -Exupéry, Le Petit Prince

In English:

It is only with the heart that one sees rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Louise ended her message to me in this way:

Tu me diras que c’est un peu facile mais cette parole si elle était appliquée dans chacune de nos vies, la vie serait plus heureuse et plus facile…..(LC)


  1. “Realms of Possibility”, Claire Cooper Walsh (b. 1967)
  2. “Hearts and Minds”, Matilda Tumim (b. 1963)


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