Typewriter Rodeo: Phoenix Times

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

By David FruchterJune 5, 2020 11:46 am,

Texas Standard listener Sarah Garrett requested a poem about a phoenix rising up and overcoming adversity and hardship. You can always send us your poetry requests.

Phoenix Times

sometimes a fire burns so bright

you feel like you’re consumed

your old life all in ashes

your only meetings zoomed

a catastrophic rearrangement

of everything you knew

you feel at times you’re near derangement

sometimes i feel it too

but i tell you, something new is stirring

in the ruins of the old

a spirit rising up among us

burnished bright and bold

by sheer disaster, essence shines

while dross is burned away

riven by loss but driven by love

we will seize the day

and take the pieces, torn and scattered

of what came before

and build with them a kinder world

that is what’s in store

if we learn what we are shown

and i believe we will

so hold fast, keep safe, and i’ll see you then


my friends,



Produced by Laura Rice.

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