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Ruth, L. (2006). After the Destruction. Psychoanal. Perspect., 3(2):107-108.

(2006). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 3(2):107-108

After the Destruction

Lauren Ruth

I cannot look into his eyes

without seeing the burned out lights

and glossy, oil-stained surfaces

of St. Bernard, his childhood home.

He cannot close his eyes without

seeing the faces of the dead

and hearing voices of old friends

now lost beneath a tarnished crust.

I smelled stale mold encase his clothes

and waded through the knee-deep sludge

but these remains did not seem real

till consecrated with his tears.

He choked on soft sobs when he found

his shredded teddy bear in mud

then wept a hurricane for time

now piled in a heap of junk.

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