(Bertram Allan Mullin at Mt. Miyajima)




Lie of Rock ’n’ Roll


You said:

“Don’t stop believin’”

 “Let it Be,”

And the same voice said “It’s the fool who plays it cool.”

So “Try”


She would “Touch Me,” and see “I was not afraid.”

       listen to her heart when I was “calling her name, before she told me goodbye”

       “Take On Me.”

If I wore a black tie, “Sharp Dressed Man,” like she’d care.

“Call Me.” Right.

If I were “Bad” it wouldn’t matter.

Yeah, “When Doves Cry.”

There was “Somebody to Love,” you promised.

It was the sad songs that were honest.

“I Love Rock ’n’ Roll” but

“I Can’t Get no Satisfaction.”

“She’s Not There.”

“Your Song” only scared her away.

Because she was “Born to Run.”

“Time After Time”

I tried to be “Comfortably Numb.”

Instead, I was “A Solitary Man,” A “Desperado,” “California Dreamin’,” A Rider on a Storm.

What did you suggest?

“Take it Easy.” “Every Breath You Take” matters “With or Without You.”

Yet I’m “Hungry Like a Wolf,”

And “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

“Endless Love,”

“Tainted Love,”

“Is This Love?”

“What’s Love Got To Do With It?”

when in the end she’s not there.

You were a “Terrible Lie.”

I’ve been “One Good Man,”                          gotten me nowhere.

But the fact is “You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down.”


© Bertram Alan Mullin (BAM)


Bio: Bertram Allan Mullin or BAM’s work can be found here, there—many pieces being featured or contest winners. Some of his poetry can be found within Antiphon Poetry Magazine, the British Library Archives, Silver Birch Press, With Painted Words, and Syzygy Poetry Journal where his piece, "X+Y=Z" won the Poetic Excellence Award. BAM teaches kids English and writes novels in Japan. Website: bamwrites.com