Typewriter Rodeo: Being Present

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

By Sean PetrieNovember 12, 2021 9:33 am, ,

This season of being thankful, some of us are thinking about being thankful for each moment and our ability to enjoy that moment, to savor it. Texas Standard listener Lynzy requested this poem about ridding herself of the products and systems that get in the way of her ability to be present.

Being Present

It’s not New Year’s
But I’ve resolved —

Less time trying to capture
The perfect shot
More time just being in
The fleeting joy

Less time crafting
The perfect post
More time just reveling in
The imperfection of now

Because really
If a tree falls
And it’s not
On Twiinstabook
With a glistening photo
And witty caption
Did it even exist?

Oh yes
A hundred times yes
And so did the hundred others
You missed
With your head down
In a screen

So I’m sorry
There aren’t more photos
Or quippy posts

Actually no
Not sorry
At all

Seeing that smile
In real time
This time
Is everything.

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