Thanks for the wild turkey and
the passenger pigeons, destined
to be shit out through wholesome
Thanks for a continent to despoil
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
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,
Thanks for "Kill a Queer for
Thanks for laboratory AIDS.
Thanks for Prohibition and the
war against drugs.
Thanks for a country where
nobody's allowed to mind the
Thanks for a nation of finks.
Yes, thanks for all the
memories-- all right let's see
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.
For the full experience of course, you need to hear Burroughs reading it.
UPDATE 11/24: Boing Boing now has a link to a video of Burroughs reading the poem!
And Robert Jensen has an excellent article about the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
But in the United States, this reluctance to acknowledge our original sin -- the genocide of indigenous people -- is of special importance today....And a real authentic vision of Thanksgiving can be seen over at The Defeatists!