Richard Thripp


A Boy Named Sue


It's obvious that I wear 1 boot because I can't find my second shoe

Why didn't the dumb ass change his name in “A Boy Named Sue”?

Suzy-boy learned nothing amongst the mud, the blood and the beer

This strange character who tittered in Texas as a cow-crazed queer

I believe the moon is a hollow spaceship as reported by John Lear

In 1983 I forsook meat no matter the critter: chicken, trout or bear

I did it without regard to an appetizing diet as I lacked dietary fear

Successful trapping of woodland creatures is by conibear and snare

Hey desperate woman: I'm keen on getting my God-promised share

It's the meatiness of meat, and by-products, that's 2015's bill o' fare

Don't break down & lose demeanor in Detroit's slummy alleyways

least not as there's hope of conquest with chicks west of Bali-ways

For the color-blind: greens are impossible and the red track's blurry

I am tripping over Indians ten times drunker than Fred Mac Murray

Denouncing the Holy Trinity until the blood-red track grows blurry

as Indians are whooping it up like the drunk Fred F. Mac Murray

while alcoholics are drinking like that drunkard Fred Mac Murray

like the black drunkenness as mastered by dipso Fred Mac Murray

Government's legitimate purpose aside, one end down the other not

Murdering Arabs and their children for oil you could have bought

Whether marines, soldiers or warriors, I'll not throw in with this lot

Rather than returning to the U.S.A., it'd be better if you were shot

Submitted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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Poet's Notes about The Poem

“Courage and cancer are synonymous, but not courage and gonorrhea.” – Richard Thripp


According to Dr. Joel Wallach 10,000 Americans die fr. bed sores (compression ulcers) each month in the U.S., and virtually no doctors & nurses are charged with willful neglect, abuse or manslaughter. For those afflicted, & live to tell, the treatment cost per bed sore ranges fr.50 to 150 thousand dollars. There do exist hospital beds that shake, rattle & roll to aid in circulation of blood & lymph; to prevent bed-ridden patients from developing sores but alas the beds are too expensive.

OLDSPEAK to NEWSPEAK
crippled = physically challenged
court house = judicial center
foreman = foreperson
police station = law-enforcement center
school = learning center
hospital = medical center
medical care = healthcare
personnel department = human resources
medic/paramedic = E.M.T.
orderly = C.N.A.
nurse = R.N. & L.P.N.
van = S.U.V.
D.W.I. = D.U.I.
fireman = fire fighter
policeman = police officer, law-enforcement officer
retardate = mentally-challenged
junky = chemically-dependent
tradesman = trades worker
soldier = military member
transsexual = transgender
shoes = footwear
checks = cash
barber = stylist
businessman = businessperson
illegal (regarding wetbacks) = undocumented
floor = ground (police NEWSPEAK)
conqueror = peacekeeper
torture = enhanced interrogation
crime = wrongdoing (compound word)
criminal = wrongdoer
bill collection = recovery management
propaganda minister = public relations officer
meeting = meet-up
ministers = faith leaders

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