Typewriter Rodeo: The COVID Coaster

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

By Sean PetrieAugust 27, 2021 10:30 am, , ,

The so-called “waves” of the COVID-19 pandemic look similar to the ride of a roller coaster — but it’s not a ride anyone is enjoying. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

The COVID Coaster

It started as a free-fall
Like one of those rides at Six Flags
Where the bottom drops out
And then it was the (not-so) Fun House
Where everything seemed distorted —
Working from home
When and how to wear a mask
And pants
And then, for a brief summer glimmer
It was like the Lazy River!
Being able to just relax
Breathe the open air
And, for the over-12 crowd at least,
Float along like all was fine

But now — delta
(Which I vaguely remember means ‘change’)
Has reared up
And we seem to be falling (or is it rising)
The down-up up-down spins and lurches
Of this Covid Coaster

And yes, it may seem endless
And yes yes YES it’s exhausting
But that doesn’t mean we can let up —
That we can not use the safety bars
Just because they’re uncomfortable
That we can stand, in places we know we shouldn’t

Yes, it’s exhausting
But perhaps, hopefully,
And working together
Just a bit longer
The ride will coast
To a safe

a photo of the typewritten poem on a torn piece of paper

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