Typewriter Rodeo: Off To College

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

By Laura RiceSeptember 4, 2015 7:30 am,

August might seem like any other month to some, but for many Texas parents, it means taking their (all grown-up) children to college. Moving into dorms, getting class schedules, and starting their new life all by themselves. That was David Fruchter’s inspiration for this week’s Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Off She Goes

so full of feelings,

my skin feels stretched tight

got to keep them inside

she’s got enough to think about

no need to tell her how swollen

with pride

i feel

(as if i earned this, when it was all her)

no need to choke her with fears

that are suffocating me

will she fail

will they hurt her

will she grow so much

that she leaves us behind

will her debt cripple her for life

we’re doing as much as we can, to help

and i fear it’s not enough

but her face is shining

the car is packed

and the vast edifices of human knowledge

await her

it’s not my time, it’s hers

so i’ll wait until she’s safely installed on campus

to sit alone in that emptied car

and scream


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