Typewriter Rodeo: Threatening To Leave The Country

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

By Kari Anne RoyJanuary 13, 2017 10:46 am,

When elections don’t go your way, you might be tempted to seek out a change of scenery, perhaps a change of citizenship. But it’s important to remember that you are what makes this country so special. So put down your visa application and look around – this can still be your home.

Threatening To Leave The Country

canada does seem nice
especially when it’s summertime
in Texas
europe does seem exciting
especially when good coffee
is critical
mexico seems very relaxing
when there’s no blue water in sight
so why not
why not take off
flee the scene
cross the border
never come back?
why not?
because you life HERE
this is your home
and maybe somedays home
feels foreign
and foreign places
feel more welcoming
but in your heart you know
home is here
it’s in your blood
it makes you…you
and you can only hope
by staying here
by staying home
you are part of everything else, too
and that bit of you
injected into home
makes it better
makes it homier
for everyone else
you ARE home
and home
is you

Produced by Laura Rice.