Thursday, January 15, 2009

Broken Boundary

Whatever condition a wall is in it is always a boundary! This is on a Cornwall estuary and so it is probably a sea defence, designed to keep the sea out at high tide. It has suffered some damage - from what I may never know. But walls will always crack at some stage. I am reminded of the Yeats poem "The second coming" ... "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold/Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world/The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere/The ceremony of innocence is drowned. The damage has released all manner of material that was used in building the wall and although it still stands, its continuity has been disrupted. Psychotherapists are always talking about boundaries and their preservation. If they fail to keep good boundaries in professional relationships, things get mixed up rather like this pile of materials and the relationship won't work as well as it might.