Typewriter Rodeo: Eclipse

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

By Sean PetrieApril 5, 2024 1:53 pm, , ,

It’s all many in Texas have been talking about for weeks: the traffic, the economics, the science, the star power, the animals, the uhhhh, refuse.

What was missing? A poem, of course. Courtesy our friends at the Typewriter Rodeo.

(for Maria)

We never take the time
Do we?
We are busy with our foodstuffs
And bills
And trying to impress
With the thoughts that wander
Even now
To what we will do

What will you do
With this gift?
When time itself slips away
For a break?

Quick! It’s almost here!

Will you realize
We are just in these bodies
For the briefest of moments
Until the sun, or moon, or spiral galaxy
Moves on

Will you keep thinking
About what you will do

Or will you reach out, curious
Let yourself be pulled
Into the awe

Quick! It’s almost

A photo of the typewritten poem on a torn half sheet of light yellow paper. The paper rests upright on the vintage, manual typewriter it was typed on. In front, is the marker the poet used to sign his name on it.


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