Typewriter Rodeo: So Long, 2016

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

By David FruchterDecember 30, 2016 9:45 am,

Well, the year is finally coming to a close, and it’s time to celebrate a new trip around the sun. There were bad times, and… good times…?

But 2016 is over and that’s all there is to say.

So Long, 2016

the year is almost over

we cry out in relief

so much crap came down the pipe

it beggared all belief

Bowie, Cohen, Wilder, Prince

Rickman, Phife, Vigoda

Shandling, Ifill, Merle, Ali

and if you need a coda

to this symphony of death,

i’d add

(though it’s a bitter pill)

that while democracy’s not dead,

it’s looking pretty ill

so let’s look forward to next year

it’s just bound to be better

(which is like before Katrina saying,

“it couldn’t get much wetter”)

Produced by Laura Rice.