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De Mornay, R. (2012). My Heart Is A Well (Abridged). Psychoanal. Perspect., 9(1):133.

(2012). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 9(1):133

My Heart Is A Well (Abridged)

Rebecca De Mornay

My Heart Is A Well (Abridged)

My heart is a well, it goes down

It goes down to the bottom

where you found in the dirt and debris:

The leather, the beans and the smoke

the seaweed, the coins and the trains

the lilies, the rust and the coffins

the mirrors, the carpets and chains

And the well began filling with water

but you used it for your escape

You sailor, you traitor

my love

The bells and the candles and crosses

the blood and the lizards and rings

The gold and the ashes and kisses

the echoes, the flames and the wings

I'll never begrudge you a thing

And like flesh closes over the wound

with the bullet still buried inside

So my life closes over the well

Leaving nothing that once was inside.

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