Typewriter Rodeo: The McDonald Observatory

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

By Sean PetrieJuly 14, 2023 4:10 pm, ,

This Typewriter Rodeo poems celebrates one of Texas’ most beloved scientific treasures.

The McDonald Observatory
(the stars at night)

I tend to avoid it
The older I get
Things aren’t as clear
As they used to be
And driving is definitely
A headlights-onslaught

But out here
Where the dimness is welcoming
Where the air seems to come
Even more alive
As the sun

Out here
The night is a whole other world
Way beyond

Out here
It is like time
Has stretched itself
A blanket of light

A whole galaxy
In a pinprick
If you squint
You can totally see Voyager
Twinkling across the years
And if you don’t squint
Just let yourself be
You can see

Yes out here
I don’t avoid
Out here
I embrace
The night

And it
Does the same

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


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