Sharing Stories

Both Elvis and Aretha had pink Cadillacs.


I awoke hearing old news Elvis died August 16th 1977,

a memory in time slipping into Elvis Is King tee shirt.

At work that day Elvis sang at the gates of heaven.

Tuned radio-waves for Greatest Hits hearing an alert.

A sad announcement August 16th this year 2018.

Of all days in all of time a cymbal chimed regret—

Aretha touched earthly hearts magical Soul Queen.

Coral sunset imagine Elvis and Aretha gospel duet.

Records spun heartbeats music mysterious ways,

freeway traffic rolled a slow and go creep.

Memories thank your songs voicing younger days,

Aretha’s songs play nonstop no beep-beep.

I transported to a happy youthful time,

Women sang R.E.S.P.E.C.T in our prime.

April Ryan is a Washington poet and writer.

SHARING STORIES is a weekly column for and about the 50 plus crowd living in the Puget Sound region. Send your stories and photos to ariele@comcast.net. Tell local or personal stories; discuss concerns around aging and other issues; share solutions, good luck, and reasons to celebrate; poems are fine too. Pieces may be edited or excerpted. We reserve the right to select among pieces. Photos are always a plus and a one-sentence bio is requested (where you live, maybe age or career, retired status, etc.).

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