Typewriter Rodeo: Little Free Libraries

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

By Sean PetrieDecember 15, 2023 1:10 pm, ,

You can find Little Free Libraries in front yards, parks, and near community buildings. There are few rules and much to be discovered. That was the inspiration of this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Little Free Libraries

You might see it
On your walk down the street
A cozy little place
To make you forget the heat

And also make you forget
Of all the conflicts and strife
This is a box of pure goodness
It’s sole purpose — add joy to life

It doesn’t tell you
What you should and must do
It doesn’t demand
That payment is due

It doesn’t say
You have to pick sides
No ads or news chatter
Just your own voice, inside

Pick whatever you want
No one will judge
Take that one book that calls
Give it a nudge

Or leave one behind
As a gift if you can
Sure that one is fine!
None of these books are banned

Because this is a LIBRARY
As it was meant to be
A safe place for all
And in all ways, free.

a photo of the typewritten poem on a torn half sheet of light yellow paper. the paper is sitting on a stack of books.

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