What would Bob Dylan write
if he were twenty years old today
and would people listen?
and did they really listen
back in 1962?
Maybe he would realize,
were he twenty years old today
that it wouldn’t really matter
what the hell he wrote,
that nobody would really listen
just like he realized
as the 1960’s were winding down
that he made little more impact
than the jugglers
and the clowns.
He realized he was an entertainer
and the people were entertained
and they never really listened anyway
and they still wouldn’t listen today
were he in his twenties
writing about masters of war/s
and they still don’t listen
now that he’s closing in
and maybe that’s why
he’s selling shitty, gurgled records
because maybe even he stopped listening
and he long ago stopped caring
because he realized that nobody cares
and maybe that’s why today
Bob Dylan is a haggard sell-out
and America is a haggard sell-out
seventeen years into terrorizing
the people of Afghanistan.