Different ways
Of moving through the world
I can pass down my heritage
As it was passed down to me
Make it the business of my life
To educate and uphold
Hold people accountable
For keeping it alive and relevant
Instead of relegating it
To the sidelines
And the confines of a museum
Or I can bring myself to life
An individual
Within this heritage
Contribute my own narrative
To this storyline
Not by trying
But by simply being
Punk Irocki Jew
From a confusing and conflicting
Cross section
Of ethnicities nationalities religions values
Wading through the lies
Keeping my soul intact
And the Light of Truth
Shining Brightly through
My eyes and heart
Am I being irresponsible
By recognizing
I am not responsible
For the decimation they caused
And the destruction you caused
For singing a new song
In a new land
Ultimately keeping it all alive
By living what is truly
My Life?

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