Typewriter Rodeo: A Quarantine Love Poem

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

By David FruchterMay 15, 2020 2:52 pm,

They say sometimes absence makes the heart grow fonder. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

A Quarantine Love Poem

i’m alone in a room

but i feel you with me


i don’t know.

the memory of touch

is like a ghost

and yet your whisper

tickles my ear

i miss you so much

part of my chest

is carved away

leaving an empty space

with your contour

but through some starlit alchemy

i’ve never felt so close

to anyone

as we talk voice to voice

send our words in text

photographs of flowers

dumb videos of the dog


we never expressed

in person

this distance

is more social

than I expected

and i’m scared

for it

to end


Laura Rice/Texas Standard

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