our terms of engagement have altered & now

you’re that beatles song but all slowed down

& done by joe cocker, with saxophone

& syrupy bass floating from a cathedral


oh sure, i’m taking on a studio polish too i admit

& there is no bootleg gravel cushioning our arses

no raw glass: edge of the overpass goodtimes


but at least i’m no obscure & unknown artist

& so now it’s all no problem or can be;

built into a well-crafted electronica riff

we will gyrate in rehearsed frenzy, sparkling,


as being easy-listening festive attains cool


(first published in Meanjin vol. 65 no. 3 – September 2006)