I’m fattened on fantasy,
Tinman, Toto, me and Dorothy,
Inflated with meth, drivin a Big Rig Mack truck west,
Headed Silicon Valley, Californi. Imaginary
tornado-chaser, cacti-Albuquerque vista, Route 66,
Grand Dragon coven. Warren Zevon death wish.
Baseball mitt, high school gym wrestling singlet, softball pitch
Giant hailstone rattling white trailer roof tin
Chubby Gary Larson children
Garrison Keillor’s stubborn Lutherans.
Corn rows, Slipknot, parading Pagans
Dim-witted Juliette Lewis waitress addicted to tips
Starkweather, Dillinger, defiant-outlaw-anti-establishment-fizz
Butter-fried Twinkies thicken arteries
Bison, coyotes, roadrunner, ACME,
John Deere caps, cotton candy,
Condor, raven, prairie chickens, flattened by titanic SUVs,
My upside-down-Mid-West-head is a Puritan with a pitchfork
A red barn, Lana Del Ray, American Gothic,
Mutant nuclear sombrero-wearin scorpion attack
America invented English. She had the most important wars.
America holds a million complainin’ guitar-pickin’ Africans
Fenced in with corn, not much better’n cotton
The way the States spins it
You’d reckon Europe don’t have her own versiona Injuns,
Rockies, Lucky Strikes, Cadillacs,,
Lynch mobs and funny coloured types.
As if America invented the continental climate,
landlocked states without escape, frostbite and sunstrike,
Diners, eggs, filtered coffee, homicidal hitchhikers
Steam boats, brown saddles, muddy rivers a mile wide,
Tumbleweeds, Capital City grime,
White, united, alike in fearin’ China.
Alike in soppin’ up the natives in white bread and wine
windows wide, cooling purple pie,
Steers, steel, school buses, bullies, Batman
And lonesome Jon Arbuckle staring out the window.