“A Thanksgiving Prayer” by William Burroughs was written over 30 years ago, and deals with issues like AIDS, the war on drugs, cops killing African-Americans, homophobia, and Big Brother. In our new Trumpian world order, it’s as timely today as it was back then.
It’s not a happy poem, and it comes with MULTIPLE trigger warnings (and an “n”-bomb), but thank god we still live in a country where free speech is prized above all else. For now.
“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 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 n***er-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.”