Word Play

This is Not Elvis

Elvis is not a person
A corpse rotting in the ground
Carved stone above and worm dirt bellow
Elvis is a state of mind
Elvis is our culture
Elvis is our heritage
Saint of the 20th century
Savior of a stagnant youth
Prophet
Icon
Rebel
The Harbinger of a generation
A plateau to reach for
To obtain in body
and
soul
a million star spangled hip gyrations
to entertain
and
save
from the monotony of our lives with out rock n’ roll
never a hound dog
always in blue suede shoes
Elvis is not a corpse.

———
(originally written circa 1994-2002)

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