Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving Prayer

Thanks for the wild turkey and
the passenger pigeons, destined
to be shit out through wholesome
American guts.

Thanks for a continent to despoil
and poison.

Thanks for Indians to provide a
modicum of challenge and

Thanks for vast herds of bison to
kill and skin leaving the
carcasses to rot.

Thanks for bounties on wolves
and coyotes.

Thanks for the American dream,
To vulgarize and to falsify until
the bare lies shine through.

Thanks for the KKK.

For nigger-killin' lawmen,
feelin' their notches.

For decent church-goin' women,
with their mean, pinched, bitter,
evil faces.

Thanks for "Kill a Queer for
Christ" stickers.

Thanks for laboratory AIDS.

Thanks for Prohibition and the
war against drugs.

Thanks for a country where
nobody's allowed to mind the
own business.

Thanks for a nation of finks.

Yes, thanks for all the
memories-- all right let's see
your arms!

You always were a headache and
you always were a bore.

Thanks for the last and greatest
betrayal of the last and greatest
of human dreams.

William Burroughs Thanksgiving Prayer
Listen here to the poet speak


At 11/26/2006 7:41 AM, Blogger BBC said...

Studs Terkel, funny guy. You must be an older person if you know of him. I can't recall his creators name, but he is dead now anyway I believe. Or close to it the last I read.

My first time to your blog (maybe the last as I'm so busy), interesting, keep up the good work. Hugs.

At 11/26/2006 9:14 AM, Blogger Paul said...

As of today Studs is still's his website:

And yeah, I'm older than some, been around the star 54 times now. Should be getting my junior space cadet badge any year now. Thanks for stopping by bbc, hope to see you some more!


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