Go read Whitman, Byron or Keats

Mick plays in his band

got the HH amp

Rickenbacker

Gibson & Strat

sometimes they get a bar gig

& the man he’s happy with that

sure, he says, was a time

we made recordings

sent them to a man

‘cos that industry is built like that

who might’ve made us huge

but now we play together

& when our timing is good

never gets better than that

& he gets it too

when I tell him

somebody writes me

says they don’t get what I write

& I say go read Whitman, Byron or Keats

I’m not part of that system

I write what seeks me out

putting down my own lines

& sure, there was a time

I sent them to a woman

‘cos the publishing industry

is nowadays built like that

who might’ve made me huge

but now when I sit alone

my chair in this cluttered

one windowed room

looking out on another wall

& my timing comes together

nothing gets better than that

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