Typewriter Rodeo: Cedar Waxwing

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

By Sean PetrieJanuary 13, 2023 1:37 pm, , ,

The patterns of wildlife can be indicators of seasonal change. The habits of these animals might also be something humans could learn from. This Typewriter Rodeo poem was requested by Texas Standard listener Steven.

Cedar Waxwing

Maybe we could learn
A thing or two —
When that fall breeze kicks in
When the hollyberries are ripe
They will swoop
Into town
But never alone
Always in a flock
And even when those hollyberries call
Like a kid
Sitting before a Halloween stash
Still, they will sit
As berries are passed
Down the line
Until each one
From oldest to youngest
Weakest to strong
Squawkers to quiet souls
Until all have a berry in beak
And then, oh then
The feast will begin.
So you can say birdbrain
But in that same breath
Also speak patience
And cooperation.
Maybe we could learn
A thing or two.

a photo of the typewritten poem on a torn piece of off-white paper.

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