You and your cheap trick.
Make that plural. Make that ripping
off the Kinks.
Flattery works. Repetition works
till it gets old. I know
Rockford. I remember Rockford.
I learned to walk and talk
in Rockford. Only it was the reverse.
Talk then walk.
I took my time with both.
Wanted to do them right
before taking them to the street
to become a runner and a writer.
Some say poets are not the same species
as writers. They may be onto something.
I don’t really like to write
or run. I have no choice.
I must do them to survive
like a shark.
My cheap trick.
Somewhere along the way,
all shook up becomes
all shook down.
Somehow the island makes an appearance,
and the Flying Horses will be open
well into the night.