I have to make sure that you aren’t armed…

February 24, 2012

We used to sit in the theatre. Gangs of kids. For 2 movies. Eating popcorn. Drinking pop. Laughing. Sometimes the theatre had a clown. Or a magician. Other times they showed newsreels. From the early 50s. Maybe the late 40s. Black and white.


We’d hoot and holler. Whistle at the babes. If we could whistle. And our favourite was Lowell Thomas.

Maybe it wasn’t exactly like that. But I liked newsreel and so incorporated them into my book The Black Bird based on the John Huston/Humphrey Bogart film, The Maltese Falcon.



NARCOSIS therapy for schizo


use narcotic drugs to per


the patient to sleep.

with an overdose

complete recovery guaranteed.



logical positivists close their ranks.

new thomists increase scholastic fire.

naturalists & pragmatists under dewey

continue to march.

all kierkegaardians

place in internment camps.

reasons UNKNOWN.




bodies and parts of bo dies

littered the beach.

eyes startled open mouths


gulls landed stealing thoughts

waves rolled in and out

rubbing salt in their wounds.

One Response to “I have to make sure that you aren’t armed…”

  1. That was too funny David. It has been a long time since I’ve seen any SCTV. Going to check out some of the other skits. Great post.

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