Rita Remembers, a poem written by John Grey at Spillwords.com

Rita Remembers

Rita Remembers

written by: John Grey


She says she saw Elvis perform
at a county fair in Louisiana
long before he was famous –

he was a greasy looking kid,
skinny too,
but with hips that swiveled
like a rope unknotting –

and what a voice,
deep but edgy,
like a hiccup with words –

a couple of girls
looked like they wanted to scream,
but they held it back,
wetted themselves instead –

she told herself
that someday she’d marry a man
who touched her
like that boy sang –

but she ended up with Tom –

a half-way decent fiddle player
and lower down on the bill.

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