Typewriter Rodeo: Autumnal Elegy

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

By David FruchterNovember 22, 2019 10:34 am,

It took its time to get here, but that fall feeling is now in full swing. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Autumnal Elegy

finally, the air is cool

it felt like the heat took forever

to dissipate, the summer so late

to depart that we thought it would never

but now there’s a snap to the air 

that refreshes

and even a sprinkle of damp

making me want to dig out my boots

and my jacket and go for a tramp

through woods where leaves fallen

obscure the path

and the birdcalls all echo across

some creekbed valley – if you stay indoors 

this time of year, well it’s your loss

get yourself moving, take in the scent

of the world as it starts winding down 

with clear eyes and clear air

let it come in

to your being

and you will have found

for a moment 


Laura Rice/Texas Standard

"Autumnal Elegy"