Knock Off

My faithful cover of the Beatles Revolution
Number 9 would startle anybody.
A kingdom for the absolute solution
to the problem posed by Lennon’s study
of the after-Christ becoming naked.
I only need a studio equipped
with feral horses and a brilliant kid
whose feet can reach the pedals, hipped
to how we want to mic the katydid.
I’ll need an engineer prepared to fake it
and a Norton’s Brown Anthology
of English Verse to kinda plagiarize.
I’ll owe the folks at Apple an apology
for perfect replication, damn their eyes,
assuming they are man enough to take it.

Rick Mullin’s poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including American Arts Quarterly, The Raintown Review, The New Criterion, and The Dark Horse. His latest collection, Lullaby and Wheel, was published by Kelsay Books in 2019.

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