First: steal someone else's idea,
ideally a really old one, so familiar
no one will notice the theft.
Its age will lend you an air
of authenticity. And let's be honest:
you just aren't bright enough
to come up with something on your own.
Second: file for copyright, register trademarks
immediately. You must protect
your idea from those who would claim it
as their own, including those
from whom you pilfered it
in the first place. In fact, feel free
to substitute this for the first step.
You can always find an idea to rip off later.
Third: insist on your originality. Bonus points
for sincere-sounding claims
of uniqueness, particular ingenuity,
and many, many hours of hard work.
Fourth: profit. Enjoy the fruits
of your labor, the imitation that pretends
to be a new riff, a new rhyme:
it smells vaguely of someone's blood,
off-beat, out of time.