Typewriter Rodeo: Autumn in Texas

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

By David FruchterOctober 8, 2021 8:39 am, ,

The weather is cooler — a little bit. The decorations are going up and football season is in full swing. But what are the other tell-tale signs of a Texas autumn? That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Autumn In Texas (for Cornell)

pumpkin sits baking
on the front porch step

smells like pie

you want to taste
cool, crisp air

but instead the air tastes you
with its tongue
of warm, thick slobber

the scent of distant woodsmoke
fails to charm
it could still, all too easily
be a wildfire
out of control

in other places
people are talking about
sweater weather

here, we just sweat

i see a single forlorn witch
hanging in effigy from a tree branch
and drooping

and i say:
witch, i feel you
what do you say we hop on that broom
and fly north
beat the springtime rush

but she doesn’t answer
there’s nothing to say

when you’re waiting for the fall

a photo of the typewritten poem on a torn piece of paper

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