St. Mary’s Hospital is a place for troubled people.
Five North is the locked unit at St. Mary’s Hospital.
This is where we who insist on losing control must stay.
This is where I met Willis.
Willis is six-foot four and angry.
He storms the day room and the staff part like the red sea.
A day on Five North usually begins with a Community Meeting.
The patients usually complain about how cruel the staff is and the staff usually agrees.
Doreen raises a hand and asks why there isn’t more Christian broadcasting on T.V. and Nurse Sandra explains it’s a weekday and “that’s that.”
Then Willis stands and everyone stops to listen:
“Ah was always this tall!” he begins, “An when ah breaths ever-body feels the flame! Thass why they knows ah come from God! God cradled me then spit me out…
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