Richard Thripp


President Prince Johnson's Cannibalism Show


Let we Americans dodge debtors' prison by securing freedom loans

Let us sell our irises, kidneys, plasma, blood and functioning bones

Before succumbing to heart attacks we must see the Rolling Stones

No guns mean: we'll have to beat each other to death with phones

& fax machines that were once plentiful in temperate & arid zones

Address the murder quandary with the people who are your clones

& those who direct the flight paths of 30 thousand domestic drones

Childhood, adolescence, adulthood; maidens, mothers and crones

Safeguard your stockpiled ammunition, penicillin, rods and cones

Don't rely on U.S. nurses as these women have enough fat to tote

The desire for pizza with sausage make thoughts of nursing remote

You'll shiver in your $2,000-per-day bed unless you brought a coat

For society's benefit these cows should sink in a boat-rocking boat

Walk into the sun's solarized lightness my golfing pal ye ol' lesbian

Run for golden metals my internationalized, lesbianized Olympian

Migratory dykes' inter-relatedness correlates to allo-transplantation

Stationary muffers confound practitioners of xeno-transplantation

The C.I.A. served a hot lunch of Liberian president Samuel K. Doe

to the next Liberian president Prince Johnson's cannibalism show

Submitted: Monday, January 06, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, January 07, 2014

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

The Paiute Indian legends describe a race of red-haired giants called Si-te-cahs. Like their red-haired counterparts, The Ronnongwetowanca and Adena giants of the Ohio River Valley, The Si-te-cahs were the enemies of many Indian tribes of the region. also according to the Paiutes, the Si-Te-Cah were hostile and warlike and practiced cannibalism. The Si-Te-Cah and the Paiutes were at war, and after a long struggle a coalition of tribes trapped the remaining Si-Te-Cah in Lovelock Cave. When they refused to come out and be slaughtered, the Indians piled brush before the cave mouth and set it on fire, annihilating The Si-Te-Cah.

'My people say that the tribe we exterminated had reddish hair. I have some of their hair, which has been handed down from father to son. I have a dress which has been in our family a great many years, trimmed with the reddish hair. I am going to wear it some time when I lecture. It is called a mourning dress, and no one has such a dress but my family.' — Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, 'Life Among the Paiutes: Their Wrongs and Claims'

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