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Charles, M. (1999). Sibling Mysteries: Enactments of Unconscious Fears And Fantasies. Psychoanal. Rev., 86(6):877-901.

(1999). Psychoanalytic Review, 86(6):877-901

Sibling Mysteries: Enactments of Unconscious Fears And Fantasies

Marilyn Charles, Ph.D.

Remind me how we walked

trying the planetary rock

for foothold…

I know by heart, and still

I need to have you tell me,

hold me, remind me…

Remind me how we loved our mother's body

how sister gazed at sister

reaching through mirrored pupils

back to the mother…

worlds flash from you I never thought of

we are translations into different dialects

of a text still being written

in the original

yet our eyes drink from each other

our lives were driven down the same dark canal…

We have returned so far

that house of childhood seems absurd…

I call you from another planet

to tell a dream

Light years away, you weep with me…

The daughters never were

true brides of the father

the daughters were to begin with

brides of the mother

then brides of each other

under a different law

Let me hold you and tell you

-Adrienne Rich, Sibling Mysteries

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