I was just sitting there, wandering lonely as a cloud,
honest to heaven looking out of the window
I saw Elvis. I know I know, but honest to heaven
it was him or my names not James Brown.
There he was, just walking across the quad in no particular hurry,
briefcase under one arm, an airy spring to his gait,
his five inch DA glistening in the breeze.
But right off you could tell he was going places;
he didnt look left or right, just ahead where he was walking.
Mid-period Elvis. His leather jacket passed within five feet of me.
And I wasnt alone, plenty of students saw him
too. An older one
probably a third year went up and shook him by the hand.
Young women clustered in groups, glancing and whispering.
A couple of likely lads snapped their fingers. There was a palpable
happiness, for once youve seen Elvis you are never alone.
He was whistling softly. Not a curl, more an expression
of frankness was pursed on his lips as he passed (I noticed
the first signs of comfort eating just starting to grace his jowls).
I couldnt quite make out the tune, but now I hear it as
the fadeout to (Sittin on) The Dock of the Bay by
It was autumn, the odd lost leaf left dallying in his
as he turned the corner by the silver birch trees.