Elvis and Jesse

Elvis was a twin
Jesse died
So Elvis was alone
From the start
Grieving for his companion
Of the dark and cosy womb
Life was cold
When Elvis came outside

Elvis was poor
Southern dirt
For dodgy check
Daddy shamed in jail
Mama told him sing
When moon is full
Jesse will hear you
Elvis did not fail

From loneliness and poverty
Black folk all around
Singing blues and lonesome
Elvis heard his school applause
Warmth came running fast
Make a disc for momma

Brian Fahy
9 June 2021

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