Typewriter Rodeo: Ex-Urbs

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

By Sean PetrieJune 11, 2021 11:31 am,

Tremendous population growth in Texas and a fiery hot housing market have many people feeling a bit overwhelmed. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.


I remember the time
I could buy a drink
For under ten dollars
That was last week, I think?

There were days
I could go for a run
And sparkly condos
Didn’t blot out the sun

When traffic and lights
Weren’t really that bad
When a service-industry living
Could be had

But alas the influx
Had led me to outflow
Away from cookie-cutter
To the ex-burbs I go!

Where property values
Aren’t quite so insane
Where I can see fields
And distance again

Here, where creatives
Can afford to live
Where there is less take
And a bit more give

And so we journey out
To start things anew!
And just hope the Californians
Don’t move here too.

a photo of the typewritten poem

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