Mrs. Capgras isn't Mrs. Capgras.
Whoever she really is, she's very clever, right down to
parading around the neigborhood with the young Capgras children.
I confronted her.
"You can't fool me," I said,
and the nerve of her,
she wouldn't drop the pretense.
Pretty soon the children were crying and she and I were
clutching and kicking
biting and screaming
right there at the entrance to the park.
The police were called, of course.
believed her that she was Mrs. Capgras.
Off she went, pretending upset,
gushing crocodile tears as she herded those kids back up the street.
She--whoever she was--kept looking back over her shoulder
with her flushed,
fake Mrs. Capgras face.
She even fooled the police, who scoffed at me
as if I were insisting that the earth is flat,
when all I did was to state the obvious fact--
Mrs Capgras isn't Mrs. Capgras.
My nerves are so frayed,
it really is a trial to be put through all of this,
fresh on the heels of Mr. Fregoli's machinations yesterday.
He conspired--yes he did--with every jane and johnny in the development
to leave me a nervous wreck,
and a laughingstock.
Everyone I met yesterday was wearing a Mr. Fregoli face,
talking Mr. Fregoli talk,
and plotting evil against me.
I wasn't fooled for a moment, but what a position it put me in!
"Poor Samantha, she's gone quite crackers."
And now you.
You're in league with them, don't bother to deny it.
You Capgras, you Fregoli, you second-rate duplicate!
You changed, right after you bashed my head in
with the wooden bread keeper that used to sit on your counter.
I had said some things.
I had been angry, and hurt, and I said some unfortunate things.
I said them, and you cold cocked me
and began recruiting your doubles.
You, my girl, can be cold and dark and distant,
and fracture something of mine every blue moon,
but this is not you,
whether anyone wants to hear the truth or not.
This is not you--
my heart would know.
for Fireblossom Friday "The Distorted Lens."
Process notes: Capgras delusion is a condition in which the sufferer believes that people around them are false dulpicates of who they seem to be. Fregoli delusion is a state in which the person believes that everyone they see is one particular person in disguise. Both can be the result of a head injury. Finally, domestic violence between female couples is an under-reported crime, and not uncommon.