Some Are Called

“Some Are Called” appeared in Ad Hoc Monadnock: A Literary Anthology, Monadnock Writers’ Group, 1995.



She couldn’t see inside any of the windows of the hospital. The windows on the first story were dark, and the windows on the second story were covered by a kind of metal mesh or grid, painted white so the crazy people wouldn’t notice it as much and feel bad about being locked in.  She wondered what kind of people were behind those second-story windows. What would a person have to do to get into Waterbury; how would he have to act? And once he was there, committed, then what? Was being crazy like being bored, like sitting in a hot, airless car by yourself with nothing to do and no one to talk to, waiting for someone to come back?

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