Singing With Elvis

The Rediffusion is playing Elvis.
I am sitting in our dining-room,
not sure if we ever called it that.
There is a yearning in the young Elvis
hitting me like a wet clout.
We bond, he is a long-lost brother,
singing, โ€˜Are You Lonesome Tonight?โ€™
He knows full well I am.
Elvis is waiting for me to join in the chorus.
I hold my breath and, in my head,
sing my heart out.

 

Tom Kelly is a north-east of England writer. He has had eleven books of poetry, short stories and a play published in as many years. His new collection This Small Patch has recently re-printed by Red Squirrel Press.ย  www.tomkelly.org.uk