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On Earth I Am Like Elvis

On a
first date
showed Ann-Margaret
a solid gold
bathtub and shower
angels appeared
and music
and he said to her
in words
all this could be yours
but alas
she picked Roger Smith
according to the National Enquirer
for the rest of her life
every time she took a shower
she saw the King
going over her
top to bottom
with those eyes
his hands adjusting the shower handles
turning them this way and that
like a plumber
a Vegas bellhop

— John Stupp

John Stupp’s third poetry collection, Pawleys Island, was published in 2017 by Finishing Line Press. His manuscript Summer Job won the 2017 Cathy Smith Bowers Poetry Prize and will be published in 2018 by Main Street Rag. He lives in Sewickley.