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Dearnley, B. (2012). Bottoms. Cpl. Fam. Psychoanal., 2(2):264.

(2012). Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 2(2):264

Poems

Bottoms

Barbara Dearnley

I can still feel the slope

Of her weight on the bed

As her neat corsetted bottom

Sagged the mattress

And she offered -

With hopeful smile -

That milky morning cup of tea,

Glad that her morning loneliness

Was broken,

Unwilling to be aware

That she broke into a sleepy coupling

Made a threesome Oedipus would have recognised.

But I miss her tea,

Her welcome,

That familiar long slope of the bed,

So like another

That, years later,

Jumps more confidently between us

And with a firm squirm

Separates us,

As she spills determinedly

Yesterday's playground encounters,

And the delights and doubts

Of the day to come.

Now no bottom

Comes to wake

And separate our night from day.

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