Typewriter Rodeo: Falling

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

By David FruchterJune 21, 2019 1:18 pm,

Summer storms can be quick and devastating. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.


One of those winds

Is rising

The kind you know is dangerous

Just from the sound

And the feeling

Of the air

Gather the pets and children

Get yourselves inside

The atmosphere

Is pissed

And we huddle together

Inside four walls

And under a roof

That creak and whine

Their own fear

Thumps and rattles

Shake our senses

We make popcorn

And force ourselves

To laugh

And then

Like the ending

Of a whole phase of life


Gingerly we approach the front windows

And see

Our old tree


Decades of wood-life

Over in a second

And we grieve

And are grateful

To be alive

Produced by Laura Rice