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Elvis Lives in Hong Kong, I Saw Him In Thailand
Well, on summer soon after college graduation-
I found myself in a Thai train station.
I had on a heavy pack and stood a long time-all alone-
here in SouthEast Asia I was far, far away from home.
When I climbed aboard the midnight train to travel to the town of Chiang Mai-
I must admit sleep weighed heavily upon my eyes-
I was looking forward to a quiet ride and peaceful sleep-
tonight, there would be no need to count those jumping sheep.
Then that plan quickly changed when I dropped into my seat-
For when I got a look at the man across from me - my heart skipped a beat.
There he sat, 70's suited my eyebrows jumped, he was dressed to the nine-
the fabric he wore, was covered with stones best described as rhine.
A V gracefully opened to a butterfly collar-
around his neck hung a gold medallion shaped like a flower.
His sideburns reached for his chest hair in an impressive manner-
then his lip curled and I began to stammer.
"Elvis lives, he's live two feet from me"-
people my age had only gotten to view this man on repeats of Ed Sullivan T.V.
"Are you the King?" - the words gyrated from my mouth-
"No," he answered, "the king stays at the palace, ten miles south."
"I mean are you Elvis Presley? C'mon be on the level-
are those the hips that drove teenage girls straight towards the devil?"
No answer this time-the man remained silent while from my mouth poured-
questions and statements followed by obnoxious comments galore.
"Did you give hound dogs a bad name-
while chasing women, drinking, singing and dancing with fame."
"Love Me Tender"-that song makes my heart melt-
in your later work sire, you were looking none to svelt."
With those words this man had had just enough-
When he poked my ribs it seemed rather quite rought.
"I'm not Elvis" he said, "I'm Cantonese, born in Hong Kong-
I admire the man's ballads, though they don't compare to my songs-
but, don't worry friend you can rest assure Elvis is alive-
I saw him on a train that rock-n-rolled from the station a quarter before five."
He spends all his time thinking about his future,
Resume-what does that job pay? Wall Street, hire me-
I’ve got to work hard-shoot at that golden parachute,
Jump-make sure both feet land firmly on the ground,
Shhhhhhhh-dreams don’t make a sound,
I’ve got to touch up this resume.
So, there I was applying for jobs. On one side of the ring were those big, bad, fearsome societal expectations roaring for me to chase the money and straining to be let loose. On the other side of the ring lil’ ol dreams whispered “yeah” occasionally. To the victor went the spoils, unfortunately the winner was not always the peoples’ champion. I was spending all my time planning my future and I began to wonder if I would miss out on living my life. The questions I wrestled with were, did I want to be a human being? Or did I want to be a human doing?” The answer I needed to find, but didn't seem to consider, was that I could be both.
AN E-MAIL FROM MY BROTHER TO MCDONALD'S CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND THEIR RESPONSE:
I am writing to inquire about Mayor McCheese. I was curious to know if he was elected into ofFice or was that a title he gave himself. If he was elected when are the elections? I am interested in running for mayor. My platform would be a greater deterrent for hamburger thieving. Make the Hamburglar think twice before he tries to get his hands on Ronald's burgers. Thank you for your time. I am eager for your response.
P.S. What is the mayor's stance on the Hamburglar?
Thanks for writing and asking about our favorite public official, Mayor McCheese. You may be interested to know that Mayor McCheese is alive and well and still presiding over McDonaldland. He was elected by the inhabitants of McDonaldland. You may not see him as often because he stepped aside for awhile so that Ronald McDonald could introduce some of his newer friends -- Birdie the Early Bird, CosMc, the McNugget Buddies, and the Happy Meal Guys.
He thinks that Hamburglar is a fun-loving prankster who absolutely loves McDonald's hamburgers and cheeseburgers so much that he'll do almost anything to get one. Although Hamburglar causes all sorts of problems for Ronald and the other McDonaldland characters, Ronald is always around to stop him.
Mayor McCheese sends a big "hello" to you! He said that he won't be retiring anytime soon, but he hopes to see you at McDonald's sometime soon.
McDonald's Customer Satisfaction Department