If you look like you should be in a band,
you should be in a band.
You may already be in a band, or maybe
you are in camouflage, in disguise as a member
of a band. If someone asks if you’re in a band,
whether or not you are
you’d better be able to tell them
the name — and if they ask what you play,
you’d better say you are a vocalist —
unless you play something?
Do you play something, play well enough
to be able to comfort the eagerness of the questioner?
They’re going to ask you if there’s anything your band does
they might have heard. Shrug it off; be modest.
Be the band member you’d wished you had met at fifteen,
the one too cool to boast. Be the one who answers
all questions and maybe you give an autograph,
a hard to read scribble on a stray napkin.
After the encounter, get back in your car.
Write a damn song, would you? The band is depending on you.
If you aren’t in a band,
you know where to start.