Typewriter Rodeo: Courtesy Bumps

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

By Laura RiceDecember 18, 2015 9:30 am|

Texans have an unspoken agreement when it comes to passing each other on the open road. That was the inspiration for Typewriter Rodeo’s Sean Petrie as he wrote this week’s poem.

Courtesy Bumps 

Oh there’s nothing like it

Out there, on that wide open road

Maybe in the flat fields by the coast

Maybe the rugged landscape of west TX

Or just the endless vistas

Of the panhandle

Yup, just you and your vehicle

Cruising that two-lane

No one no one no one no

Oh hey there

Little dot in my rearview

Approaching faster

Getting bugger, bigger, hello

And if you’re not too close

I’ll do it

Scoot off to the shoulder

Endure those bumps

So that you can be more quickly

On your way

And we’ll acknowledge each other

With the courtesy wave

Pinkie to pinkie

But if you zoom up too fast

Dominate my rearview with your face

Then I’ll stay put

And we’ll both likely acknowledge each other

With a different,

Longer finger.