Typewriter Rodeo: Poison Ivy

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

May 31, 2019 10:00 am,

It’s all sunshine and good times until you discover you’ve brushed up against a patch of poison ivy. This Typewriter poem commemorates those times when you take a bit of nature home with you – the kind you definitely don’t want.

Poison Ivy

I am one with nature

I am the soil and the trees

The flowers and the bees

I am every frond, every leaf

I am

I am taking nature home with me

A little oily hitchhiker clinging to my skin

I am undeterred! I am washing off the skin!

I am ..


….. itchy

More than itchy, more than any

five letters could come together

to express

No, I am All Itch

I am a complete being consumed by and

transformed into

one giant itch

I am not sure where the poison ivy is not,

I am only sure of one thing

I am way way way too much

One with nature.