Typewriter Rodeo: Low Water

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

By Sean PetrieSeptember 16, 2022 1:31 pm, ,

The last several weeks brought a bit of much-needed rain to most of Texas. But it hasn’t been enough to offset months of drought. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Low Water

The shore is inching
The San Marcos river
Lake Ray Wylie Hubbard
The Rio Grande
All over the state
And the world

And yes, perhaps a time for alarm
But also perhaps a time
To take stock —

There, peeking out
A long-buried boat hull
A still-standing foundation
A fossil from long before
We ever walked

Reminders that everything changes
And so, perhaps
Can we —

Choose to stay at the bottom
Hope the tide will rise
On its own

Or to peek out
With open eyes
And maybe try
To help.

a photo of the typewritten poem on a torn half-sheet of paper.

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