Typewriter Rodeo: Squeaking And Slamming Screened Doors

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

By Sean PetriFebruary 14, 2020 1:48 pm,

Sometimes, the place where everyone knows your name has an old door that’s in need of fixing.

Squeaking And Slamming Screened Doors

You walked in

And everybody knew —

That squeak of the hinge

They would oil some day.

That slap of wood on wood

As the door gave itself a high-five

And everyone turned and knew


Because this was the place

You all gathered

Part grocery store

Part lunchtime deli

Part just sit and gossip

While the air buzzed

With chatter and laughter

And that sandwich was made-to-order

And you just felt like

You belonged

And now, today,

The highway has passed that old town

But sometimes, still,

You just pull over

On a forgotten patch of road

And you can still hear them

Those old doors

Squeaking and slamming

As you



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