Typewriter Rodeo: Life On Mars

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

By David FruchterAugust 10, 2018 9:30 am,

Mars is often described as a barren, lifeless planet – or it was, until scientists told us there might have been water there. But when it’s summer in Texas, with the sun beating down and fires dotting the landscape, it feels a little lifeless here, too.

Life On Mars

they say they’ve discovered

water on mars

a great frozen reservoir

so I’m asking – where’s ours?

the dust of the red dirt

clogs in my nose

just like it might

up on mars, I suppose

Our camels drying up

wildfires ragin

our once lush green planet

feels like it’s aging

and so maybe someday

astronomers green

will aim telescopes at us

and with no life forms seen

they’ll speculate on

whether life e’er existed

on that dusty third planet

’cause if it did, they missed it.


Produced by Laura Rice.