Dragged in by medics in white coats:
___Leave me alone you Colonel Sanders!
Taken away in a straitjacket.
The hospital's scaly walls shudder,
_________a sympathetic rhythm.
Connie hobbles in slippers through the halls.
___I can't talk. I can't talk. I can't talk.
Shuffledrag murmur walk.
Convinced that all orange cars are chasing him.
___How you doing today, Dad?
My calm voice tunnels to find the words to touch his hearing. He gazes at me intently: enemy or friend?
This is intense, I mutter to myself, and the schizophrenic boy replies,
______Yes, we're in tents,
so we both huddle, safe, under the green tarpaulin roof.