These Are The People In Your Neighborhood

Each week, the Standard reaches out to Austin’s Typewriter Rodeo for a custom poem on Texas topics.

By David FruchterSeptember 11, 2020 2:31 pm, , ,

The COVID-19 pandemic has limited travel for many. Some have found more time spent at home has encouraged them to look closer at their surroundings. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

These Are The People In Your Neighborhood

there’s an older couple living

about halfway down the block


yard spiked with scrub agave

in a bed of gravel rock


i never used to see them

i was always on the go


work in the day, friends at night

a constant to a fro


but now like us all, i’m grounded

my boring little street


about the only place i see

so despite the anvil heat


i find me strolling up and down

the block and back again


and the aging xeriscape gardeners

ask me how i’ve been


i talk about my mom and dad

they talk about their kids


everybody’s scared and lonely

everybody’s getting rid


of everything they do not need

they can’t afford it now


and yet what we are left with

is more precious somehow


like a moment with a neighbor

a simply howdy do


in the end, that’s all we have:

each other


and you

Laura Rice/Texas Standard

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