Typewriter Rodeo: Gettin’ Real in Texas

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

By Laura RiceApril 24, 2015 9:08 am| ,

Most Texans now live in urban areas but there’s still a big farming and ranching culture in the state.

That was Typewriter Rodeo’s David Fruchter’s inspiration this week.

LIKE A WILLIE NELSON SONG – REAL, THAT IS

In Texas, we’re known

For our wide open spaces

Though mostly they’re in private hands;

Ranchers run cattle

And still ride on horses

Herding them over these lands

Meat for our tables, and milk for our cups

And leather like their skin from the sun

Bobwire and four-bys

Shotguns and ranch hands

That world still exists there

For someone…

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Laura Rice, Texas Standard