Typewriter Rodeo: Wildflower Season in Texas

Each week, the Texas Standard is reaching out to Austin’s Typewriter Rodeo for a custom poem on a relevant headline or topic.

By Laura RiceMarch 27, 2015 10:41 am,

Along Texas highways, wildflowers are popping up – giving commuters something interesting to look at when they’re stuck in traffic. That was Typewriter Rodeo’s Kari Anne Roy’s inspiration this week.


There are not many things fun

About driving in traffic in Texas

Not many things at all.

Until Spring peeks her pretty head over the horizon

And the flat plains, the hills, the prairie,

Fill with colors.

Yellows and reds and blues

And oranges that make you not sure if what you’re seeing is real.

Or some kind of technicolor backdrop to a movie about munchkins.

So many colors.

To make you forget your crazy day

To make you forget your bills and appointments and what to cook for dinner.

Filling your mind with colors, with beauty, with Texas.

So that, this time, when the car honks behind you to get you moving,

You don’t care about the traffic as long as you can glimpse the flowers

Just a little bit longer.


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