Beatles Lie Shattered

The Beatles lie shattered across the world
One is dead and irreplaceable
and the others busy themselves with
Michael Jackson owns their songs
Can he understand the music?
I myself only glimpse a glimmer
I can imagine them together jamming in
a room smiling at one another
Can Michael Jackson?
Song being used in an ad!

One Beatle looks back rationally in an interview
I read and says something like
‘Oh well. but life must go on’
Which was never true.
The world stumbles on
Poppies grow and fall
The New Beatles! The New Beatles!
I wasn’t there — I half
understand it.
The world tumbles on
And the Beatles lie shattered.