Typewriter Rodeo: The Great War (of buying Taylor Swift tickets)

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

By Rebecca BendheimDecember 9, 2022 9:09 am, , ,

For fans of a certain musician, a certain recent ticket-buying experience was a certain nightmare. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

The Great War (of buying Taylor Swift tickets)

As The Lucky One with a presale code

the honor to bring tickets home

for my sister, girlfriend, mom

is all Mine.

At ten, That’s When I get in line.

With 2000+ fans in front,

my little dot

Stay, Stay, Stays still.

In this queue so Treacherous,

we watch and watch,

pray to False Gods.

Still, Sweet Nothing.

But then, a chime!

Ready For it… or not,

you’re here. It’s time!

Find seats, not floor

but not The Outside.

Click and click

Oh no! A Glitch.


Begin Again.

Click. You paid!

Sparks fly,

but it’s no fairytale, today.

‘Cause oops, Our seats

are behind the stage.

Call it What You Want:

A Gold Rush,

the End Game.

I’ll call it The Great War

where no Swiftie

came out unscathed.

a photo of the typewritten poem on a half sheet of paper

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