Typewriter Rodeo: Construction Orange

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

By Laura RiceAugust 21, 2015 6:44 am,

Much of Texas is growing rapidly – and the construction industry is trying to keep up with demand. If it feels like everywhere you look there’s a street being widened or a building going up, you’re in good company.

That was the inspiration for this week’s Typewriter Rodeo poem by David Fruchter.


The engine of commerce keep churning

Chewing up pieces of this town

And spitting out shiny new

Rectangular buildings

Rising up more stories high

And dragging property taxes along with them

Everywhere you look

There’s another big hole in the ground

And whoever invented that color of paint

I call “construction orange”

Is making a million

Which, if they want to live here,

Is a good thing

They’re going to need it


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