Typewriter Rodeo: H-E-B

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

By Sarah BeachFebruary 2, 2024 9:39 am, ,

“This isn’t an ad” — though it may sound a bit like one. As this Typewriter Rodeo poem explores, some people just really like their favorite grocery store!


I’m not sure when it happened
But HEB’s become
more than a grocery store
Sure, their butter tortillas
Their salsas hit just the right
Not to mention the deals–
the joy of those little yellow
But then there’s the donations,
the sponsorships,
the state-wide disaster response
Listen, this isn’t an ad
but maybe it is a campaign
Yep, I’ll say it,
H-E-B for the state house
Every seat, a red-shirted employee
And maybe the current guys
could do something useful
like bag our groceries
Although I’m not sure I trust them
to not squash my produce…

A photo of the typewritten poem on a torn half sheet of paper.

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