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Minsky, D.D. (2007). Jail Dance. Psychoanal. Perspect., 4(2):97-98.

(2007). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 4(2):97-98

Jail Dance

Darcy Dean Minsky, LCSW, M.S.

She waits in the waiting room, seven years old

Brown hair flowing

Saucer frightened eyes

Against a porcelain still face.

She smiles when she sees me

Bares her teeth, hisses

Fingers stretched into tiger claws.

The door slams in front of me. Locks.

I wait.

No response.

The key opens into her world.

The red marker leaves streaks on the white wall.

The wipe leaves red ghost marks behind.

I lurch for the clock, the blinds.

I dodge the paperweight, the book.

My shin burns from the toe of her shoe.

She wishes my blood were on the floor

That I were dead

She hugs me

She is angry that there are only seven minutes left.

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