Typewriter Rodeo: What the cold wrought

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

By LaCole FootsFebruary 24, 2023 4:07 pm, , ,

Texas is still picking up the pieces from another devastating February freeze. Some of the primary victims this round were trees big and small. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

What the cold wrought

it snapped, so peacefully
as if it didn’t have the weight of the world
on its branches
and i wept, quietly
as if i’d placed the fate of my day
on its lasting, the madness

i watched from my home office
a zoom call got paused
as years of growth and perseverance
met its bitter ending
and the wind and the frost
the sting of the loss
was both too painful to watch
and yet a sight to be sought

the clean snap
the lean back
the icy branch
lay dormant in my hands

a photo of the typewritten poem on a torn half sheet of yellow paper


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