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Halperin, R.W. (2012). The Chair. Att: New Dir. in Psychother. Relat. Psychoanal., 6(1):71.

(2012). Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, 6(1):71

The Chair

Richard W. Halperin

In a house not mine, the owners away,

On a day like any other although all days are different,

I sank as one sometimes does en route

Into the gentle grave gravity of an accidental chair

Whose occupation was to be there,

And as I sank, the precincts of my mind lifted off and fell

Like a tent from the pull of ropes and guys,

Although all ropes are different,

And there was something sat in the chair, I away,

And for five minutes without ceasing,

Although the sixth minute was like any other,

The something sitting in the chair banged its fists against the arms

And stamped its feet upon the floor not mine

And, in my chair, cried and cried like a baby.

(Thanks is given to Salmon Poetry Limited, Cliffs of Moher for permission to use ‘The Chair’ which appears in Mr Halperin's collection Anniversary (2010). The poem first appeared in the Dublin magazine The Stinging Fly, No. 13, Vol. 2, Summer 2009.)

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