It was 10th grade year,
Sitting in my TV productions class,
Mr. Chacey's class, when
I saw it.
Lauren, one of my best friends,
Since first grade,
Sat to my right.
What we were supposed to learn
From Psycho, I still don't know.
How the principal
Or if the principal
Approved Psycho, I still don't know.
And yet, the crazy old man still shows the movie.
At first, Chacey couldn't find the old VHS tape,
First checking our classroom,
Then his office,
Finally, he found it in his other room.
Nobody really wanted to watch,
Not at first.
Especially not me, I'll admit.
I didn't really pay much attention at first,
Coloring a composition book,
Until Marion came to the Motel.
Norman caught my attention.
The shower was so familiar,
Not just parodies,
But I realized I'd seen it before,
"Hey! So that's where they got the shower part in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!"
And we all noticed something,
But Nick said it:
"Yeah, right! That wasn't a chick stabbing Marion!"
My classmates and I
Yelling at the TV,
Even though they couldn't hear us
Through the glass screen.
Mostly, we yelled at the screen
During the cellar scene:
To Lila, "No, stupid woman! Don't go in the basement!
That's where all the bad stuff happens in horror movies!"
About Mother, I thought, "OMG! SpongeBob! Nancy Drew! Wait… AAAHHH!"
Thinking of "Chocolate with Nuts" and Secret of the Scarlet Hand.
About Norman playing dress-up, I think it was Max that said,
"Did he just say 'I will lick your face!'?"
It was my 11th grade year,
October, I think,
My mom yelled to me, "Go take a shower!"
I thought, "OK, MOTHER! I'll go take a shower in the middle of Psycho!"
It was just before 12th grade,
We had a Yard sale.
I remember it was the Saturday
Just before, or maybe just after, Michael Jackson passed.
During the yard sale,
I wanted to sell some used books,
But nobody bought them.
Mom, sis, and I
Went to a cool 1950's-style
Went to Books-A-Million,
I got two books: Witch Child and Faerie Lord,
Went to Target,
Sis got Sims 2 expansion packs.
We came home,
I recorded Psycho.
At Katherine's house,
We watched the movie
In her basement.
Her dad tried to sneak up on us,
But he tripped
On a cooler.
I thought two things:
"Mr. Chacey will be showing this
Next year when Katherine's brother
Is in his class. Thomas is
Watching with us now. Chacey
Should pay me! I'm doing his job!"
"Apparently, Hitchcock was crazy.
But, then, Mr. Chacey told my class that…
Chacey's kinda crazy…"
I brought blueberry muffins
Sort of as a joke
About that one time
With movies in the basement
And a birthday muffin.
I brought Dark Knight Uno,
And we watched The Dark Knight,
And a haunted lighthouse show
On Travel Channel,
And Ripley's Believe It or Not,
A couple days later, at her pool party,
I was talking to Zach,
A fan of both The Dark Knight
When he asked, "Who's Mrs. Bates?"
It was just before 12th grade,
I printed a PDF script
I'd seen online. That night,
It was the first time I'd seen
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Before Dad and I went that night,
I played The Phantom of Venice.
After we came home,
We watched Ghost Adventures
At the Ancient Ram Inn
And we had Arby's.
It was my freshman year of college,
Second semester, late February,
I helped Tarryn
Change her bed linens,
And then we watched Psycho
In Hanover Hall.
I started my laundry in the basement
And kept running out
For dryer breaks,
To get my hat like Arbogast's.