Typewriter Rodeo: Grackle!

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

By Sean PetrieJune 17, 2022 10:24 am, , ,

Some embrace them as the unofficial mascots of Texas cities — looking at you, Austin. But others are put off by their scavenger natures. The grackle inspired this Typewriter Rodeo poem.


The hairs on my neck
Are starting to hackle
I can feel it in the air
Approaching — grackle

Those sleek shiny feathers
Like blue-black wind
But don’t let it fool you
It’s not your friend

Sure it eats mosquitoes
Which we all hate
But it also is up there
Laying in wait

Maybe in a tree
On on a power line
The air, shimmers
All is not fine

The poop is flying down!
Like the very air is alive!
I just wish I hadn’t parked there
Now it’ll be hours, before I can drive.

A photo of the typewritten poem on a torn piece of yellow paper

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