Sewn Up

Dude, it’s not your story to tell. It’s not from your memory
or your family’s
or your people at all.
You never even saw that land
or the dances they refer to.
You don’t know what you’re talking about
or even what I’m talking about right now.
Whatever you were spouting about before
was not for you to say.
How dare you speak of it?
How dare you speak at all?

Dude, there are so many subjects
on which you have experience
and license to speak
like the price of tea in Bushwick
or… look,
I’ll bet there’s something else
you know the first thing about
but you don’t know about that place.

You don’t know that family
and their lives
and you don’t fucking know that story
well enough to tell it
as your own,
you appropriating lameass poser.

Get your own culture
and take some ownership
and talk about it
if you can find anything interesting to ever fucking say.

About Jonathan Berger

I used to write quite a bit more.
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