Typewriter Rodeo: El Paso

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

By Sean PetrieAugust 9, 2019 9:30 am,

The deadly shooting at an El Paso Walmart devastated that community, Texas, and the country as a whole. El Pasoan Oscar Garcia requested this poem.

El Paso

It was meant to


To weaken resolve

By somehow “strengthening”


But this is a city

That is stronger

Than one person

One voicer of hate

This is a city that knows borders

Like a neighbor’s fence

Are not meant to divide

But to be reached across


And so we can grieve

We must grieve

Hang our heads and hearts

And join hands

Family to family

Friend to friend

Neighbor to neighbor

Human to human.

We must grieve

And honor

The loved ones lost —

Turn of that fervid TV

And that separating screen

Turn off this radio

And go outside

See each other face-to-face

Where hate fades.

It was meant to divide

But this city

This unbreakable city

Knows that reaching across


Is what makes us


Is what keeps us



Produced by Laura Rice.