There is legend
about a girl named
who was not sane-
and one day her family sent her away to be cured
at a hospital
on a road
out in the middle of nowhere.
There were bars on all of the windows.
who were not sane
locked her in a room full of mirrors
and the things that lived in Anna’s Brain
the things that drove her insane
went to live in the mirrors
where it was dark and quite and they didn’t have to listen to
Poor Anna’s Brain scream and scream and scream anymore.
for no reason at all
the people died and the hospital died
and so did the things that hid under the beds
and in the closets.
Now Anna’s Mirrors hang from walls
in houses and libraries and shops and hotels
some are hanging in buildings with rats in the walls.
If by an unlucky
turn of fate
one of the cool dark mirrors that hung in poor Anna’s room
in the hospital where the Doctors were not sane
and you press your ear to the glass
you can hear
moving around in there
and that something
that was never sane
used to live inside of
Poor Anna’s Brain