General Tom Thumb Visits the Dundee Lunatic Asylum
Those with diminished senses
look at the man with restricted height,
standing there in full Highland garb.
He did the latest skit from his sell out stage show,
performing for those unknowing,
though not one lunatic laughed.
Then both sides, unashamed,
stared for a moment
in utter wonder at the other
before the orderlies intervened.
One who was cured years later
doubted whether it had occurred,
whether the American dwarf,
had wandered on to his ward
one day while psychosis raged,
or if it was rather some crooked joke
invented by his illness.