Typewriter Rodeo: Texas Tollways

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

By David Fruchter July 14, 2017 12:35 pm,

There’s nothing like driving along the open road in Texas, with the big sky above and nothing but open fields for miles around. But let’s be honest, some roads are better than others, especially in traffic…and those are the ones that usually cost a pretty penny for the privilege of using them.

Texas Tollways

we have to pay for the roads we drive on

it’s only fair, i guess

even though so many of them

seem to be a mess

that’s what you get when your taxes

are the lowest in the land

but there’s better roads available

if your pocketbook can stand

to pay a little extra, then

you’re in the catbird seat

lower traffic, wider lanes

fewer cops out on the beat

i suppose that it’s no shocker

though it seems a little mean

every path is easier

if you’ve only got the green…


Produced by Laura Rice and Leah Scarpelli.