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Kennedy, Z. (2012). Other Half. Psychoanal. Perspect., 9(1):132.

(2012). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 9(1):132

Other Half

Zoie Kennedy

Other Half

With you away I treat myself

to your half of the bed;

stretch to feel the space (within myself)

which has been so full of you

I did not recognize it as mine.

I am bigger than I thought.

On this side you have left the trace

of your regard for me.

On this side I am fuller, stronger,

more certain and peaceful.

And the space is not empty,

but filled

with love.

With so much of me here,

no wonder I felt emptied.

So, with you away, I will treat myself

to your half of the bed,

bathe happily in the space,

and know that I am loved.

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