Typewriter Rodeo: Love Thy Neighbor

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

By Kari Anne HoltAugust 28, 2020 12:01 pm,

The pandemic is isolating in many ways, but it is also providing opportunity for a new kind of closeness. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Love Thy Neighbor

who are we
to know the plight
of those behind closed doors?

who are we
to bravely judge
the things we do not know?

If only we offered
a simple wave
from over here
across the street
if only we left a note
on a door
to make sure everything
is okay

there are many things to fear right now
so let’s not fear each other
loving thy neighbor isn’t just kind
it could mean survival

photo of the typewritten poem

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