Typewriter Rodeo: Buc-ee’s Break

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

By Rebecca BendheimMarch 10, 2023 10:45 am, , ,

When you talk about gas stations, there’s one chain in Texas that gets some out-sized attention for, well, its size. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Buc-ee’s Break

In five miles,
three miles,
one mile,
right there!
That special smell of brisket
and candied nuts,
dusty highway air.
The hum of electricity
as the line of Teslas
pull life from tall, white machines.
Wave to the Girl Scouts,
the man who holds the door,
tipping his hat soak in the sunshine,
then walk
to a smiling beaver high five.
Gummy bear, worm, shark wall,
turkey jerkey,
sixteen slurpee flavors,
synthetic lights.
A baseball team waits for the bathroom.
A costumed crew chomps on breakfast tacos
before the big show.
I wander the aisles,
wonder what
need today.
I guess it’s what we all need –
to recharge, take a break.
A whole weird world
on the side of the road
in which to escape.

a photo of the typewritten poem on a torn half-sheet of paper

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