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Newbery, B. (2013). Cul de Sac. Att: New Dir. in Psychother. Relat. Psychoanal., 7(1):87.

(2013). Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, 7(1):87

Cul de Sac

Benedict Newbery

I saw Mrs Smith who lost a child

slipped from the pier—her only son,

open the gate to an empty house

as her silent husband climbed the hill

on his long-gone daughter's bike

I heard Jack Jones in his garden shed

bending steel and shaving wood

while making plans and mental lists

of things required by his broken wife

to ease her last two years

I heard old Stan smashing six-inch nails

with jackhammer pace to create a space

beneath the ploughed up lawn

where he and Daisy would be safe from harm

through an endless night that never came

I saw tall John leave his house at dusk

in his big greatcoat and trilby hat.

His final month spent in hotel bars,

wandering through blackening nights,

then slipping back at a later hour—

the last of that year's ghosts.

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