Typewriter Rodeo: Squirrels Cooling Off By Laying Flat On Concrete

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

By Jodi EdgertonJuly 20, 2018 8:50 am,

For a moment, you might think there has been an unfortunate accident. But, upon closer inspection, you realize: that critter is not dead — it’s simply trying to cool off in the Texas heat! That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Squirrels Cooling Off By Laying Flat on Concrete




Texas summer hot.

And oh, I am a furry



I have tried first to cool off

By leaping into the cool clean waters

But the lifeguard screeched

And the hoomans squealed

And then I was on the inside of a net

And then it was all hot sun time for me again


So now, I am attempting maneuver number two

Or as we call it

The increase of surface area and space

between the fur

Wherein I elongate my torso

and attempt to have the entirety

of my being

touching the cool surface of the concrete

(it is here that I stop to question:

what is concrete, and why is it so perfectly cool?)

Ah. This is good. The only thing that could make

this better

would be if someone left a bird feeder

nearby for me to snack upon

(upon for me to snack?)


It may be hot.

But    This squirrel

is one cool

c o o l



Produced by Laura Rice