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Dearnley, B. (2012). In the Family. Cpl. Fam. Psychoanal., 2(2):265.

(2012). Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 2(2):265

In the Family

Barbara Dearnley

Sigmund would have

recognised the familial

unflinching stare

At human nakedness.

“It's the passing days”

That drive him,

Painting those bodies

Past prime,

Sometimes past hope,

Moving in their honesty.

Limbs like tree trunks

Backs for an ox,

Used drooped breasts and bellies,

And everywhere genitalia

In vigorous display.

Suddenly - beauty,

A compassionate aged mother

(With a formidable jaw)

Attired in austere white triangles.

Then a self-portrait,

Naked, no warts omitted

Anchored in old boots,

Whose penetrating stoicism Sigmund -

Cancer-jawed, working to the end -

Might have saluted.

Explorers both,

Grandfather and grandson,

Sharing more than name and genes.

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