Don’t Put Words in my Mouth

I don’t often feel the need to explain my poetry, but this is an exception. This is not so much a poem about John Lennon as a poem about people’s tendency to push their own political and ethical agendas through the medium of people who are no longer here to defend their integrity. The voice of the poem, represented as a song, is the user in the verses and the used in the chorus.

If he were here, he would hate,
All those people, whose thoughts can’t regenerate,
If he were here, he’d tear them all to pieces,
With a hateful tweet, he’d make ‘em all retreat, if he was still here.

Don’t put words in my mouth,
Don’t make me say the things you want to say,
Don’t put words in my mouth,
Because you believe that what you believe is what I’d think today.

If he were here, he’d plant bombs,
If he were here, he’d take lives for his beliefs,
If he were here, he’d be a political criminal,
And he just wouldn’t fall, step up and lead us all, if he were still here.

Don’t put words in my mouth,
Don’t make me say the things you want to say,
Don’t put words in my mouth,
Because you believe that what you believe is what I’d think today.

If here were here, he’d be the same,
Still feeling bitter about the band without a name,
If he were here, there’d be no Beatles,
Reunions wouldn’t stand; he’d just forget the band, if he were still here.

Don’t put words in my mouth,
Don’t make me say the things you want to say,
Don’t put words in my mouth,
Because you believe that what you believe is what I’d think today.

© Paul Ferry 2021

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