God Bless You, Mr. VonnegutWhat if Billy Pilgrim had never become unstuck in time?God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut11 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Or Malachi Constant had remained just a glimmer in your eye,
Never seeing the relics of Titan, or being called by their siren call?
Had you never birthed Elliot Rosewater in all his misplaced charm,
Would I still be the same man who writes these words in affection?
If Kilgore Trout hadn't endured, would I?
If Dwayne Hoover hadn't lost touch, could I?
I'd never been the penniless writer,
The insane suburbanite,
The jaded expressionist painter,
Until you came into my life.
On behalf of the generation that never saw
World War II first hand,
Those that could never grasp the ugliness
At Dresden, I would like to thank you.
You, who showed us that earth
Was smaller when viewed from space.
You, who showed us how vacuous
and fruitful we could be.
God bless you, Mr. Vonnegut