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Wepman, B.J. (2011). Porch Light. Psychoanal. Perspect., 8(2):277-277.

(2011). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 8(2):277-277

Porch Light

Barry J. Wepman, Ph.D.

You told me yesterday about the porch light,

burned out, you said, but today as I left

for work it was shining. I barely remember

passing as you stood beside the globe

bulb in hand. It's the small things

that reveal the heart. The lasting imprint

of the insignificant event. Like once when

you thanked me for packing up the car

while you napped or meditated or took a last

walk on the beach. Who remembers? And I

out of love or a desire to get early on the road

did the job. No thanks needed. But the light

of your small appreciations shines

like a torch, and in our times of trouble

it lights my way home.

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