FNS: Texas from Bree Rolfe

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Every Friday night we will feature a short story, essay, personal narrative,
poem, spoken word, or short film for your enjoyment.

Helen Presents: a poem from Bree Rolfe


When I was two, we visited
family in Houston and Dallas.
My sister was attacked by a rooster.
I’m told I ran up and down
the aisles of the plane.
I don’t remember Texas.

But I think about these stories
as you sing about how
you’ve never been there.
Ten years ago you played
Neil Young covers in-between
scenes of the school play.

It was Harvey. I had just a small part.
At the cast party, we sat
on the brown shag carpet
in my basement. There was a fire
in the wood burning stove.
We stayed in the basement

that summer playing truth or dare,
drinking cases of Heineken.
I have a picture of you then,
wearing an ugly sweater,
holding a birthday cake.


Bree A. Rolfe lives in Austin, TX where she teaches writing and literature to the mostly reluctant, but always lovable, teenagers at James Bowie High School. She is originally from Boston, Massachusetts where she worked as a music journalist for 10 years before she decided she wanted to dedicate her life to writing poetry and teaching. Her work has appeared in Saul Williams’ poetry anthology Chorus: A Literary Mixtape, the Barefoot Muse Anthology Forgetting Home: Poems About Alzheimer’s, the Redpaint Hill Anthology Mother is a Verb, and 5AM Magazine. She holds an MFA from the Writing Seminars at Bennington College.

Her poem “Keep Forgetting” is featured in our music issue.

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