Typewriter Rodeo: A New Teacher’s First Week at School

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

By Jena KirkpatrickAugust 18, 2023 3:06 pm, , ,

The new school year typically focuses a bunch on the students. But this Typewriter Rodeo poem takes the perspective of an educator.


push pins and welcome themes

colorful letters, the days of the week
nothing I learned in university
could prepare me for the first day
butterfly tummies lunchbox deficits
typing shoelaces their worried little faces
can I impress them, will they listen?
it is 7:15 on Monday morning
the cafeteria is humming with
hungry children Ms. Gracies smiles
her red lipstick and turquoise jewelry
take their cards and swipe them one after
another…canned peaches and french toast
slices…little frozen juices
Pledge of Allegiance
tiny hands on hearts

we sit criss cross applesauce sharing time
we practice patience while most are fidgeting

side hugs at the end off week one
tiny smiles wave goodbye
circle drive parents
offer coffee cup gifts
it is Friday at 3:45
the school is fading to quiet
all the teacher are here
and will be for hours longer
preparing for week two
already dreaming of next summer

a photo of the typewritten poem on a torn half sheet of yellowish paper. it sits on a background of red, yellow and blue construction paper.


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