Typewriter Rodeo: The Rainiest July

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

By Jodi EgertonJuly 16, 2021 10:00 am,

The final totals aren’t yet in but, for many Texans, this July has certainly felt a lot wetter than usual. In some cases and in some areas, the weather has been quite severe. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

The Rainiest July

Wispy cirrus clouds dust the sky
A blanket of mammatus puff low and wide
Something seems a bit awry
It’s raining once again
But it’s the middle of July

Our meteorologists haven’t slept this year
Tracking circulation
wind shear
Sleeves rolled up as the storms roll near
Streaming live til the skies are clear

Here come the Watches
As we gather our supplies
Keep our eyes on the skies
Hope the power grid survives

Here come the Warnings
Radar maps all rainbow pride
The storm chasers ride
And we hunker in our closets
Convincing ourselves we’re safe inside

Just when it’s gone
the pattern repeats

flooding in the streets

We stay alert
and wait a beat
Because we know
soon enough
comes August heat

photo of the typewritten poem

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