Nutty, nuts, nutso, nutty as a fruitcake. / Demented, certifiable, cracked, kooky, daft, flipped, psycho. / Ape, batty, batshit, one who has too many bats / in the belfry, hog-wild, cuckoo, cuckoo, / for Cocoa Puffs. Insane, insane in the membrane, madcap, mad, / mad as a hatter. Bananas. Looney, looney tunes, / in the looney bin. Out there. Postal. Psycho. / Off one’s box, off one’s nut, off one’s rocker, off / the deep end, off the wall. Moonstruck. One fry short / of a Happy Meal. Two cans short of a six-pack. / Round the bend. Screwy or having a screw loose. Bonkers. / Out of one’s mind, out of one’s tree, out / to lunch. One who needs a check-up / from the neck up. Messed up. 5150’ed. Touched. / Unbalanced, unhinged, unglued.
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and phrases to name it, / only one moment to make it their new reality / because the woman cannot face the old one anymore. She begs him / to see this is not normal. This is not her / in the driver’s seat any longer, but she doesn’t know / how to make the man see it. She calls Dr. M / who gives her a counselor’s number, but there is no one home / at the other end. Only a If this is an emergency, please dial..., / which she does. Which she asks to be admitted. Which makes him / stand up, stand back, stand in the face of something he has / no plan for, has no way of talking her through, / and yet has him now, finally, afraid / as she has begged him to be.