Typewriter Rodeo: The Jackalope

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

By Kari Anne HoltOctober 20, 2023 9:50 am, , ,

The Texas Standard team is Tracking Texas Cryptids this spooky season. There’s La Lechuza, the Hairy Man of Round Rock — and the Jackalope? One of these is a bit more adorable than abominable. That was the inspiration of this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

(The) Jackalope

the mark of the beast
it is upon you
and there
and oh my word
there and—
is what they say
possibly true?
can it be?
not the mark
but the feet–
big and true–
the steps ahead
on this trail of fear
do not appear
as devilish trails
hot as gateways to eternal Hell
but as
bunny feets?
trailed through the dew
beckoning us
not to doom
but to beers and darts
legends only whispered
tales sworn as true
follow them this way
as only acolytes of
The Jackalope
can do

a photo of the typewritten poem on a torn piece of lavender paper with a light image of a rainbow through it

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