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poetry by j matthew waters

Jesus in Memphis


I’ve been dreaming about Elvis again
I tell her (even though it’s not true)

Of course she says nothing
expecting me to go on

He may have been under the weather
I go on to say
but he certainly wasn’t on his deathbed

Two hours after the last curtain call
he was seen incognito
smoking cigarillos on Beale Street

You mean Elvis
she says

No I don’t mean Elvis
Jesus Christ
why aren’t you listening



april two thousand seventeen
copyright j matthew waters
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6 thoughts on “Jesus in Memphis

  1. Wow..very well said.

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