The Heartland Remembers Elvis

25 some odd years ago, this poem was rejected for publication by Grassroots, the literary magazine of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. I was informed it was “too flippant” which I consider a rather flippant rejection. This is far superior to the first poem I ever wrote. That first one was published by Grassroots, and good thing, too, because it convinced me I must be a poet. I was fortunate when rejected to be secure in my greatness, unaffected by rejection though I still feel compelled to bring it up all these years later. Perhaps I am just insecure and narcissistic enough to become President of the United States someday and I hope my work as an internet troll is sufficient to accomplish that, because it will be so great. Believe me. As another note, I was not nearly as fat when I wrote this as I am now, though as a starving young poet I was not nearly flacid enough to be Presidential. One last note, my wife says I look good in orange. Jackson County thought the same thing after I refused to pay a speeding ticket. But that’s another story.

The Heartland Remembers Elvis

Who could bounce the sweet, fat ball of success better than

Elvis?

When I plunge into a soft chair, feel my gut sag into

my lap,

 

E   is for everything a King can get away with.

 

L   is to love that extra bacon grease in the gravy

on the biscuits of life.

 

V   is for Vegas, and beating the odds,

like when Cool Hand Luke eats fifty hard-boiled eggs

and doesn’t puke…

he’s the biggest winner in prison doing lonely, hard time.

 

I     is for me, sometimes acting like E.

 

S    is the hiss of final music, your last breath coming out

your mouth like steam, when you kiss the Devil’s ass.

About A.Broad

Citizen Dad, Lisa's guy. Public Servant. Community organizer. Planning to leave humanity a vast collection of unfinished essays and poems. View all posts by A.Broad

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