Sitting in the front row with an ex-con who laughed at the jokes no one else “got” in the filmSTIR CRAZY (with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor), and I’m busting out, BluescreamingMeanies, freedom reason season — time to break on through to the other side, but I wish I knew what the jokes were [all about]…
Speaking of long-ago friends,
as a small child, sitting behind the sofa,
reading the book, THE RESCUERS…
When Bernard, Miss Bianca and Niles met with the Norwegian Poet
(who they had saved from an ungodly hell)
to say Good-Bye,
the Poet leaned down and gently placed his finger
on top of Niles’ head. Well, after all, he WAS a Poet,
and Mice who stand on their hind legs
and speak intelligently did not “startle’ him.
Niles, a sailor, was also Norwegian.
The Poet suggested that they meet in Oslo
and “Make a proper night of it.”
Years later, I realized the voice I heard
had a British accent, a “brogue”,