There is a DTM tradition of me reposting this poem for turkey day. I was a little weak and sentimental this year, probably because I've been on tour for five weeks and miss home, so I almost didn't do it. However, I got some guff from twitter (astonishingly) for not putting it up, and I certainly don't mean to be a sell-out, so here it is.
THANKSGIVING PRAYER (by William S. Burroughs)
"To John Dillinger and hope he is still alive. Thanksgiving Day November 28 1986"
Thanks for the wild turkey and the passenger pigeons, destined to be shat out through wholesome American guts.
Thanks for a continent to despoil and poison.
Thanks for Indians to provide a modicum of challenge and danger.
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 ir 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.