Typewriter Rodeo: The Beast of Bear Creek

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

By Kari Anne HoltOctober 13, 2023 11:47 am, , ,

This spooky season, Texas Standard is Tracking Texas Cryptids. The Typewriter Rodeo team is also in on the hunt. The target of this poem is said to live in Kimble County.

The Beast of Bear Creek

red stars glow bright
embers in the dark
sparks glittering
across the creek
lasering their way
through Fat Bear Week
because lo
these sparks
these embers
this eerie glow
comes from worse than fat bears
hungry for more
comes from worse than any other
strange cryptid of lore
because these eyes
these lasers
these burning bridges
of anger and retribution
these rubies, these capsules
of time
of memories
not lost
not forgotten
but held
tight and close, baked, kilned
keening heartbeats
howling fates
these eyes they watch you
they’ll never abate
The Beast of Bear Creek
stares ahead
laying in wait
the Beast of Bear Creek

a photo of the typewritten poem on a torn half sheet of lilac paper with a soft rainbow glow.

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