if you see the shrouds

he’s come to spin a yarn

and thrum a drum

to gift you with

a mask so fine

it can’t but help

to ease the mind

The Stitching Man is a friendly sort

so easy in his eccentric gait

you’d never suspect

the masks he wore

were borne of another’s face

[from a unsigned scrap of paper found in the Tombwood Mental Hospital in 2018]

stitching man, stitching man

s h y i n g  f r o m  t h e  s u n

s e e m s   t o   b e   m a n y

but in truth is only one

S T I T C H I N G M A N

S T I T C H I N G M A N

d  o  n ‘ t  y o u  l  e  t  h  i  m  i  n

else he’ll take off his mask

a n d    r e l i e v e   y o u

o    f         y    o    u    r

S    K    I    N

[scrawled on the back of a battered children’s drawing of a lank, plain-clothed man with a patchwork mask and a pair of scissors, found in Gilder Orphanage in 1913]

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