by William S. Burroughs

To John Dillinger, in hope he is still alive.
Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1986.


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 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 their 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.

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Comment by Edward Teach on July 24, 2012 at 11:47am

I freakin love this one!

Comment by Howard S. Dunn on November 28, 2009 at 3:41pm
Let us bow our heads in prayer (if, by prayer, you mean shame.)

WSB Rocks!
Comment by Rudy V Kiist on November 26, 2009 at 10:57pm
Hey, that's what I was going to say Christina! And to top it off, you Americans know you celebrate it on the wrong day, don't ya? (^_-)
Comment by Christina Crowder on November 26, 2009 at 5:05pm
Amen.

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