Typewriter Rodeo: Healing

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

By Naomi Shihab NyeJanuary 15, 2021 11:41 am,

It’s collectively been a tough week, months, nearly a year. This Typewriter Rodeo poem is a reminder to focus, for a moment, on our own humanity.


Lean into it, the breeze suggests.
Dig deeper, says the dirt.
Sometimes the hurt you feel
means you’re standing in the wrong place.
Move over.
This hurt wasn’t meant for people.
It wasn’t meant to land anywhere.
It’s the cosmic ache of the atmosphere drifting through,
the give-and-take, push-pull flow.
You know when it passes — no claiming necessary.
The lift of the air.
Hear the held note like the quiet humming A
an orchestra tunes to — that’s for you.

image of typewritten poem

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