It is easy to be an entire country
when you do not have to take responsibility
for what it stands for.
I can't explain our obsession with football–
a sport we created and coincidentally are champions at–
anymore than I can explain
why we find organic joy in butchering people's names with gusto
I have never had to be an American until now
I never had to carry the history in an introduction
or a beverage ( Shirley Temple).
I never had to make excuses for decisions I didn't choose to make
Do all countries have to go through this?
Do all nationalities have that legislation to carry, that story
or is it just America.
Americans that have to shrug off the questions and gestures that ask
Why the fuck are you the way you are?
What answer would be most appropriate?
I am not the one who made America,
I just hold the foundations of its forgotten beginnings.