Thanksgiving Prayer

– William Burroughs’ Thanksgiving Prayer

 

“Thanksgiving Day November 28 1986”
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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.
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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.
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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 his
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.

 

The video is by Gus Van Sant – and here’s Robert Covington’s more literal version

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https://allenginsberg.org/2018/11/t-22-thanksgiving/

 

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