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Evans, K. (2013). The Life and Death of a Heap. Att: New Dir. in Psychother. Relat. Psychoanal., 7(2):182.

(2013). Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, 7(2):182


The Life and Death of a Heap

Kate Evans

The heap

starts out so innocuously,

with something that is on its way somewhere else

in the house, only not quite ready to go

And there is, conveniently,

a little vacuum of empty space

that does not mind being filled.

That's the start of it.

Then, pell-mell, other things join it,

things that have not yet got a proper space,

things that have been waiting for a container or a chance,

and this and that and the other and all their friends

Until there you have it. A heap has suddenly moved in

and starts eyeing you malevolently.

Daring you to do anything to curb its power

it sits, untidy, ratty, scatty and self-satisfied,

proving that you are really a slob at heart

and intimidating you with inflated ideas

of the amount of time it would take you to shift it.

Until suddenly one day you shift gear,

go into battle

and then, how fast it disappears.

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