Typewriter Rodeo: Night Swim

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

By Sean PetrieJuly 29, 2022 10:49 am, ,

The heat has been extreme. For many Texans, the only way to enjoy the outdoors right now is when the sun is down — or when you can be in some water. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Night Swim

The air is heavy
The heat dome has made the day
But the sun has slid
Below the trees
The sky has darkened
And now
Is the time

To go out
Feel the dry grass or dirt
Make your way
To the water
(Just follow the silence)
And there is the shimmer
Moon and stars and cooling clouds
Reflected on the surface
Slip in, quietly,
Like that sun did beneath the horizon.

There is nothing like floating
On a summer night
You could be those clouds
The moon, the sun, the stars
You could be anything
Here in the cool dark.
Just follow
The silence…

the sun shining through blinds casts a shadow on a photo of the typewritten poem on a half sheet of paper

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