Friday, June 8, 2012

The Mad Hatters

Seen on the Brown Line to the Loop at about 10:20 p.m., June 7th, 2012 

There is a poem that the little children of Chicago recite to keep time while jumping rope:

“Afraid you should be
Of the Mad Hatters three
That prowl around the city.
They murder and steal
And they don’t ever feel
Any sense of pity”

A rhyme has never been so awfully accurate.

Zara is a tall, proud woman with sharp features. Her brown fedora has only one distinguishing mark: a scarlet feather that flies as high as her bloody ambitions. Ezekiel wears the cap of a Civil War soldier, for he delights in the idea of turning brother against brother. He is a master manipulator, a connoisseur of betrayal. Zadie is a classic femme fatale, with a blue velvet fascinator hugging her dark hair and a short piece of netting flirtatiously covering one eye. She has tempted countless men and women straight into their own destruction.

Whenever the three Mad Hatters are alone, they laugh at CAPES. “Who needs a ridiculous costume,” they say, “when a simple hat will do?” 

More CAPES villains! You're welcome, Leta. 

So busy! Happy hour with coworkers later at Hopleaf. Prometheus tonight. Gogo dancing tomorrow. Printer's Row Lit Fest on Sunday. Hope you have equally fun plans! 

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