No skin. No bonos oí lighi. Blood m.ide tu dust by dried flesh heat. There is no joy in Mudville. There ín no lito in America hecause there is no life in Japan. Míghty f'asey has struck out. m-m i ■ ■ b- ■ 1 1 i DROP 11 1 AT A BOMB ON THL JAPS. said our great leader Harry Trunian froin Missouri selling bow ties and pulling his fucking cock offio back room thinking someday lie'd be President & vvearing funny banana shirts and running country wiül 13 goddamn clichés! The Atomic Bomb ieave a big mushroom cloud that's how yon teil it"s been dropped. Plain and simple. Onehundred thousand beautiful Oriental people werc separated trom their P's and O-! tiiat morning as Harry Truman the tie salesnian smoked a cigar in routine con tent ment; dealt out straight flushes to his shirtsleeved cronies. People lett their foreheads in gardens andwhole suits of Japanese skin hung on lotus branch. Harry Truman the tie salesman went to icebox tbr bottle of cold ale. He coughed tip some Mis daughtcr picked scabs off her face staring blankly at mirror and insane vvile ent paper dülls from ancient White House documents. "Nagasaki Hiroshima baby don't look at me like that. It wastt'j me. I can't help it if you can never have kids. You ookgood in plastic surgery. (He draws a oker) l'm sorry it's changed your lile. But the human being can gel used to anything, remember that." Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! Harry's cronies all clap and punch Harry in the shouldcr. Ilarry draws an ace. "Gin!" There is a mushroom cloud. There is a cïoud of 'muslirtxnm. The clüldren are on heir knees in pine forest and t hor ure beautiftil mushraoms. Look, look, they have halos. There are heaufifu! mushrooms on the ground to be picked. Bilt Hutton's History of America was published by The Coach House Press, TorontoDetroit. Copyright O 1968 by Bill Hutton.