- To be mad as a hatter is to be rimmed
- in mercury. Today we wrap these
- potentially toxic hats in plastic
- and stamp a skull-and-crossbones
- on the brim. Used mercury to make mirrors
- too, archaically. Spoke not of nonsense
- but with gunmetal gray in the throat.
- Trapped the screaming inside the skin,
- suggestively. Velvet-like. The treatment
- is the same of the hat or the hatter.