Typewriter Rodeo: January 6, 2021

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

By Jodi EgertonJanuary 8, 2021 11:27 am,

The events of this day will go down in history. How will we remember them? That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

January 6 2021

We started the day scrolling
Notifications pinging
Georgia results rolling
Senate control flipping

Work productivity dropping
Mired in Electoral College
Constitutional minutiae

And then these words:

“We will not quit fighting”

“trial by combat”

“You will never take back our country with weakness”

“We’re coming for you.”

With that

the push began

the crush of bodies

the walls scaled

the glass shattered

the weapons drawn

The Confederate battle flag
flying in the nation’s Capitol

Our representatives crouched under seats

like fourth graders

This is not a drill.

We are watching
We are all watching

This superspreader event

years of conspiracies and lies

And Congress reconvened
And got back to work

By morning
We had one more set of confirmation
And one more reminder
of just how broken we are

photo of typewritten poem

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