Typewriter Rodeo: Social Distancing

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

By Kari Anne HoltNovember 6, 2020 10:02 am,

The phrase is a regular part of our vocabulary by now. And though for some it is tempting to break the social distancing bubble, for others, it’s a very welcome health guidance because it fits with their personal tendencies. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Social Distancing

if you are like me,
an introvert hermit,
you have been in training for just this moment
since forever

to me
and to you
this thing they call distance
is the thing you refer to as

this thing they call social
is the thing you dread
even fear
in sweaty dreams
wait for it

no longer come true!
this new truth
this social distancing
is your Olympic race embued
guess who wins gold now?
You do! you!
Guess who wins silver?
you win that, too!
And bronze, even 4th,
you win every prize
because staying alone means
staying alive!

Image of typewritten poem.

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