Thanksgiving Prayer by William 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

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.


‘Just Haiku’ and other Haiku by Joe Brennand

‘Just Haiku’

Basho’s deep north
a hermit crab walks
from side to side

on the shore
where the tsunami hit
a hermit crab

spring horizon
ripples of sunlight
on the shore

frost in the air
you see both sides
of the argument

departing summer
one pebble
skims the lake

mobile library
a ladybird eats fallen raindrops
from the leaf

a fox searches
upturn bins
stars twinkling again

Mocking bird
I am diagnosed
with dyslexia

Afternoon thunder
in your ultrasound

Joe Brennand

Joe Brennand Haiku

Haiku by Joe Brennand can be found on the Camel Saloon, Dead Snakes and Writer’s Haven

Steven Jacobson Reunion and other Poems

Poet’s statement:
“Reunion”, “Airy N’ Water”, “Sea of Gray”, “Elixir of Life” and “Bury Time”. The theme revolves around nature and the human condition, centering on whether the poem elicits joy, sadness, anger, etc. from the reader and poet and focuses on being spiritual on reflection.


the opaque endearing sky
wrestles with obscurity
as twilight descends. the
grayish white wash
sprinkles the heavens,
quieting the evening firmament
and starry back wash.
darkness sets in and
covers the earth as the sun
scurries and masks its retreat
relinquishing its hold on the earth
until another day. the night
opens outward and touches the
effervescent of stars that zoom
in and out of consciousness.
the season fosters an intense
reunion between light and
darkness which transcends
the world. destiny girding
one forward is ever ready to
promote a burning passion
between nature and mankind.

Airy N’ Water

the wispy willow like feathers we call clouds
sprinkling the blue sky. airy breeze
calming and collecting, peace giving yet piercing.
trees and foliage reaching and rendering liken to
motion picture. vast bodies of water,
showering and shimmering a still photograph,
mimicking moment to moment experiences.
the animals and fowl safeguarding and settling.
mankind speaking and signaling, sensing and securing,
communicating and comprehending.
child in us circling and claiming all children,
the right and reason to breathe air and drink water,
precious to our human vessel housing our soul.

Sea of Gray

a sea of gray covers
and creates a monolith
of perplex ability. the
earth eager to engage
with tantalizing results
of gigantic proportions.
forever, uniting and
furthering, focusing on
coloring the world in
perpetual, gaining and
gravitating, a slurry of
momentum and motion.
the heart plays a rendition
of rendering and romancing
God’s love, endlessly
caressing and coupling the
light of the world. the
intensity and interacting
between the heart and the
spirit melding with God’s
Spirit coaxes and circumscribes
its presence of love and grace
intertwining for all time.

Elixir of Life

the reconciling and reaching
tendrils of loving magnitude
touching the earth with the
golden orb. the elixir of life
enters and eagerly washes and
waves a portal newly realized
and reunited. a statement and
situation savors a complex
and completely crushes the world.
the motion and motor forever
cloaking and canvassing the
tapestry of the Great Weaver.
a moment suspends and surprises
the onlooker held in the moment.
a creation, captivating and catapulting
our sanctuary, ever inscribed in the
sea of spiritual contentment. a
lifetime of kaleidoscope and
keeping the heart by creating a coupling
between the indescribable testimony
from the indestructible moment,
forever apart of our lives.

Bury Time

the retroactive and retribution
blankets the world. a promise
and prospering note of noteworthy
consideration, drawing the drinking
body of water, forever touching
and treating each other. a rendition
and rectifying measure opening and
observing a bright light of ephemeral
proportions. a covering and circumstantial,
leveraging and leaving the recent and
remembering clock buried and bruised
an artifact we call time. moments
creating an unravelling and usurping
against the world held in bondage.
a motioning and melding track the
truth which measures a great and
glorious personification of dreams
and deepening love affair.

Biography Statement
Steven Jacobson was born and raised in the Mid-west graduating from UW-La Crosse, WI with a double major in Physics and Mathematics. He has attended (8) classes from the Loft Literary Center, promoting all levels of creative writing. Steven’s interest in writing poetry happened eight years ago, when he submitted a poem for Vail Place Newsletter for the mentally challenged.

Steven’s poetry has appeared in access press, calvary cross, linnet’swings, burningword, the glasscoin, nazar-look (romanian publication), praisewriters, enoiar review, penwoodreview, littleredtree and message in a bottle.

Steven Jacobson Poetry

Steven Jacobson