Typewriter Rodeo: Girl Scout Cookies

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

By Kari Anne HoltFebruary 16, 2024 2:28 pm, ,

They are knocking on doors and standing in front of business with signs and big smiles. They are not politicians but, yes, they are selling something. Not just cookies but, also, maybe hope? That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Girl Scout Cookies

these days it can be difficult
to feel connected
with other people
with other viewpoints
with other opinions
with anything

we are always in conversation
but never *with* each other.
we are always surrounded
but never actually *together*

the open maw
of constant connection
leaves us feeling

until until until

we break through the surface
escape the maw
bloom into reality
joining each other
in person
in line
to fill our own maws
our own bellies
our own souls
wit the one thing we can all
agree we all
to celebrate
to share
to love…

May thin mints continue
to save our souls

A photo of the typewritten poem on a torn half sheet of light yellow paper.

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