Monday, May 02, 2011

American Football or: Three Poems


I.

Hallelujah!
It works.
We blew the shit out of them.

We blew the shit right back up their own ass
And out their fucking ears.

It works.
We blew the shit out of them.
They suffocated in their own shit!

Hallelujah.
Praise the Lord for all good things.

We blew them into fucking shit.
They are eating it.

Praise the Lord for all good things.

We blew their balls into shards of dust,
Into shards of fucking dust.

We did it.

Now I want you to come over here and kiss me on the mouth.


* * *

II.

Shut your dumb fucking mouth.
You are not intelligent enough
to speak on the subject.

Shut your dumb fucking mouth!
We just killed a guy.
We blew him into fucking shit.

Hallelujah!

Shut your dumb fucking mouth.
Praise America.
And God bless the United States

Military.

* * *

III.

It took 919,967 deaths
to kill that one guy.
But we did it.

It took ten years and two wars
to kill that one guy.
But we did it.

It cost us roughly $1,188,263,000,000
to kill that one guy.
But we did it.

We won.

Now I want you to come over here and kiss me on the mouth.





I. "American Football" (1991) by Harold Pinter.
II. Someone's "tweeted" reaction to III (with some additions and alterations).
III. Remarks posted on Twitter by Milwaukee Bucks forward Chris Douglas-Roberts (with some additions and alterations).

1 comment:

Tyler said...

When I saw THIS on the news I couldn't help thinking of Pinter's poem "American Football" (his sports metaphor made real).