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Burns, L. (2012). Intimacy. Att: New Dir. in Psychother. Relat. Psychoanal., 6(2):150-151.

(2012). Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, 6(2):150-151



Lindsay Burns

Intimacy begins with leaps into limbo where fresh love swims,

If you're lucky.

Intimacy snags with sparkling glance and moments of chance mistaken for fate

Or vice versa.

Intimacy hooks and tugs and tears,

Until you're gasping for air

Eyes glazed in suffocating fantasy.

But I'm wily

And I know this worm.

I savour sweet memories of a look, a turn,

A blush.

And I chew them into mush.

Until your smile for me was endowed for a crowd.

Until your dark endearing glance,

At the tender parts I let you glimpse,


And I'm shooting safe upstream of your affections.

Recollections sour,

Small talk shrinks.

My words spout through chinks of doubt.

I slump numb,

And turn cold knives to cut you out.

Another heart-worming story burrowed into-me-see?

With a beginning middle and an …

Animal flails.

Barks dark in my heartbeat

Chases my arterial tails

Splayed feet braced in my belly.

Intimacy is a parasitic pup,

Who paws me raw and protective with pity.

Watery dreams, lines that tug and tease will not sustain her.

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