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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.

John Grey

John Grey

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in That, Dunes Review, Poetry East and North Dakota Quarterly with work upcoming in Qwerty, Thin Air, Dalhousie Review and failbetter.
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