Typewriter Rodeo: Texas Winter 2021

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

By Jodi EgertonFebruary 19, 2021 9:35 am, ,

Texans have been suffering this week in the prolonged bitter cold, without power and without water. This Typewriter Rodeo poem is recognition of that suffering combined with the hope we continue to help each other through it.

Texas Winter

After 38 hours without power
It was 33 degrees
inside our house

Under our ten layers of blankets
We held a family meeting
Packed our backpacks
And braved the elements

We trekked two miles
Across powdery snow
Slippery ice
And ankle-soaking slush
To the grandparents
Who thankfully still had power

They greeted us with bowls of soup
As we peeled off our many layers
And breathed a deep, if brief, sigh of relief

My neighbors, my Texas, may you share in our
And health

So that all of us together
Can rise above yet another unfathomable crisis

We’re Texans
Powering on

a photo of the typewritten poem

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