Typewriter Rodeo: What Sport Do You Play?

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

By Kari Anne HoltAugust 6, 2021 10:11 am,

The 2020 Olympics (taking place in 2021) have, as usual, been filled with stories of challenge, triumph, disappointment. Kari Anne Holt has been watching it all. And that was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

What Sport Do You Play?

skateboarding and canoe sprints,
speed climbing and surfing
elite masters
of their domain
wooing and wowing
with their impressive feats
and I, too, introduce
my new feat
my grand mastery
for which I’ve studiously trained
over days, weeks, years,
my olympic ability
to not move an inch
from this spot on the couch
while I offer my commentary
and eat my snacks
winning a gold medal
in the sport of
(and eating)
and sitting
for two weeks, and all at once

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

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