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Guinane, A. (2013). To My Father. Att: New Dir. in Psychother. Relat. Psychoanal., 7(3):274-275.

(2013). Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, 7(3):274-275

To My Father

Alison Guinane

I sit and read the Guardian

opposite an old man who

watches and dreams in


Ash drops noiselessly from

his desultory cigarette

on to the pale velvet pile;

slowly the light silvers

the smart metallic slats

of the Venetian blind

and long tortured shadows

ebb and flow beneath his



Still dressed for Sunday,

he sits on the edge

of his chinoiserie settee,

his head inclined, his eyelids

quietly drooping: he creeps back

unnoticed along his life's tunnel

of thread-like webs, to where

a girl once sat and dreamed

and watched him read, in


where strange colourful shapes

chased and twisted across the worn

flat rug, stained with the

etched fantasies of childhood;

where frilled chintz filtered muted

sunlight across deep green chairs

and cracked Toby jugs shone

smugly from the


One Sunday soon, we must gently brush

all the powdered frost from the

bent shoulders of our memories,

gather up our great soft ball of

silence and hurl it into the


Article Citation [Who Cited This?]

Guinane, A. (2013). To My Father. Att: New Dir. in Psychother. Relat. Psychoanal., 7(3):274-275

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