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Marcus, M. (1988). In and Out of Therapy. Brit. J. Psychother., 5(2):254.

(1988). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 5(2):254

In and Out of Therapy

Marietta Marcus

Mild toddler, whom his mother teases,

Afraid that he'll fall to pieces,

As a child.

In this space he wants to reflect

On the apparent long neglect

The small child.

At five, cut off from wherewithal,

Germ in the eye, in hospital

The poor child.

_____ _____ _____ _____

He came to me now to protest:

‘I've just failed my driving test!’

Shame, poor child.

Standing up to me at length,

‘I've turned, as you said, fear to strength.’

The wild child.

‘Must leave or will contaminate

With blood and shit, with love and hate

My mild child.’

‘In years to come you may be back

To say what will and needs be said,

Come right, child.’

‘I hoped that I might.’


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