Blue Christmas, 2004

Elvis, old soldier, you’d be glad to know
a couple hours ago

Interesting here, the juxtaposition of war and music, as Elvis himself served in the military during his career. Music and war seem in direct contrast with one another yet they both are born from the same source: humanity. Kyle Austin, age 21

in the Bryn Mawr store on Main
two heretofore formal women
cranked a phonograph way up
(vibrato trembling every cup)

Adds movement to the poem. Amy Fleming, age 17

to sing along with you
a few surprised customers too
& did we miss our home
a blue song in a bluer album

The scene gives a strong feeling of nostalgia, and begs the reader to compare today’s world situation wtih that of Elvis’ time…the war, missing family…there are a lot
of similarities. Kara Madden, age 22

our voices scratched & breaking
but glad for your company among
used shoes toys books ribbons wreathes
our loneliness & fear
as past the reindeer window
our future filled with snow

Yes, both physically and emotionally. Amy Fleming, age 17

our country still at war
both here & over there
& did we miss our home
a blue song in a bluer album.

His frank feelings are shown in this poem along with the intense anguish, loneliness, and emotions that come. Eskira Kahsay, age 15
I love the repetition here, and the use of the ampersand is visually interesting. I love the fact that the conflict in the poem is both
“here” and “over there.” Kyle Austin, age 21
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