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  • raise your hand if you call this a Coke crazy handed to call this a soda.

  • Who calls this popper?

  • Soda pop?

  • Who calls this a soft drink?

  • Whatever you call it, I reckon you could say you definitely speak American.

  • I'm a poet, an English teacher from the Rio down the Valley of deep South Texas, about 10 minutes from the Mexican border.

  • We never verbalized it.

  • But in order to survive as the Children of immigrants from Mexico, my siblings and I had to sort of teach ourselves how to be American and to truly be American society, made us feel that we have to learn to speak American.

  • But the truth is that America has more than one voice, so learn.

  • Just talk like an American is not an easy task.

  • We learn English from our teachers and classmates, but mostly we learn English from Saturday morning cartoons from Sesame Street and even Eddie Murphy.

  • Ah, what's up?

  • Doc may want Cookie.

  • I got my ice cream.

  • I got so my ice cream you can't afford it.

  • When I enlisted in the Navy, I reckon I discovered I had a little bit of a Texas accent.

  • The Navy took me to duty stations all across the country.

  • In San Diego, people were, like, totally chill.

  • Dude, when I lived in Philadelphia, I soaked up Philly like a sponge.

  • Hey, how you guys doing?

  • Forget about it Over here.

  • My navy friend from Brooklyn always greeted us with his Jamaican am on happening month.

  • When I studied L s U and visited Norland, I learned to order red beans and rice and bunny eyes at the cage in cafes.

  • My ancestry includes the blood of Sephardic Jews who fled Spain and emigrated to Mexico to avoid persecution.

  • So when I heard comedian Jackie Mason talking about Israel was asking him to tone down his Jewish accent in order to fit in, I totally understood that.

  • Why can't you talk like this?

  • Don't talk to me.

  • Talk like a tackle, a poison.

  • But I realize now that we're all regular persons speaking in an American in the way that we were brought up.

  • I was brought up reading the Bible in English and Spanish and listen to Mariachi Song.

  • So I guess you could say my first language is poetry.

  • When I write my poetry, I often make people laugh because humor has the power to heal and laughter is contagious.

  • Sometimes they're right is a former social criticism as a necessary response to prejudice, attitudes to language and skin color.

  • But mostly my poetry is a celebration of language.

  • My writing is an invitation to celebrate the unique and diverse voices of our American vernacular.

  • As a spoken word poet, AI mimic other people's voices not as a form of ridicule but as a form of empowerment.

  • Speaking in other people's voices allows us to empathize and understand one another.

  • We say to people, If you really want to get to know me, walk a mile in my shoes, walk with me, talk with me, share a meal, share a song, you see breaking bread, helps us break barriers, and singing together allows our souls to recognize it were all singing one human song.

  • The late poet Maya Angelou reminded us in her poem Human Family that we are more like my friends than we are unalike that we are more like my friends than we are unalike.

  • So I invite my readers to read my poetry out loud to mimic my voice, and it's so doing commitment my voice and in so doing, to talk a mile in my shoes.

  • The Mockingbird Scientific Name is me Most Bali Gladys Mimic Err of many voices.

  • The Mockingbird has over 200 songs in its rep Artur.

  • Like the Mockingbird, the United States of America has over 350 languages, according to US Census Bureau.

  • As of 2015 350 languages are spoken in the U.

  • S.

  • And that is what makes America great.

  • You know what I'm saying?

  • The spoken word is not like a password that you type.

  • It's kind of, well, a little more like hype.

  • You know, what I'm saying is like something that you heard walking down the street.

  • It's like something people say is it pass along the way.

  • It's like the way people talk and stuff like it's part of their lock.

  • It's who they are.

  • It's what makes them tick.

  • Like those people who talk with their pens, is it?

  • Click, click, click and it really makes me sick.

  • You can't concentrate like that, and you really can't attract as many flies.

  • Not like you can with words of Flo Sweet like honey is just too knowing.

  • His heck like when people cut the deck too many times during game of poker.

  • Can I get an amen?

  • I mean, what the hell is that about?

  • Excuse my language, Lord, I don't mean to scream and shout If you really have a doubt about the dealer picking mountain, don't sit around pout, Mick and everybody wait, making everybody late the best part of a game of poker and about finding the Joker.

  • It's about finding the joke as you sit around, poke fun at each one of your friends because a conversation lends itself to laughter and cheered.

  • Perhaps you'll share a beer.

  • You're over 21 or a smoke.

  • You don't matter if you're broke, you belong, and you're able to share about the things that you care about and think.

  • It's a chain and your link.

  • So you have another drink and you toast.

  • And some men like to boast about the Kurds it had when they thought they was bad and they went up to a pretty girl across the room, and they made her start to swoon just with words, using some old tired line like baby, we're looking fine.

  • I just thought I'd you know, take a little time to drop a little rhyme, maybe ask you out to dine, Drink a little wine girl.

  • Just let yourself a wine.

  • You know, I got leather seats.

  • I wear size 13 cleats.

  • And, uh, you know what they say about a guy who's got big feats spoken.

  • Word is about passion and silliness and truth.

  • It's about getting to the root of what's inside.

  • It's about showing all the things you hide out loud to a pretty girl across the room, toe a priest or to a crowd.

  • It's about saying what your field and not letting people steal your thunder.

  • It's about saying it first and saying it proud.

  • It don't matter if you blunder spoken.

  • Word is, um, what ever had.

  • It's this Internet taking forever is, you know, this is a taco and burrito conversation.

  • Nachos.

  • It's dude.

  • Sweet is damn that girl's eye.

  • An old girl, that boy is type.

  • It's a street jive.

  • It's a cool vibe.

  • It's a Saturday Night Live.

  • And where were you when you heard that famous spoken word in an apparent terrorist attack in our country on that day in September and December 7th, 1941.

  • A date which will live in infamy, is another will remember and down goes Frazier.

  • Down goes Frazier from an upper cut.

  • It's frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn to miss.

  • Who is he?

  • What?

  • That's one small step for man by an astronaut, and the president was killed today in Dallas by gunshot and I have a dream by Martin with the King in Alabama or in it in Washington at an album.

  • Mmm, Alabama charts stop preaching to the masses.

  • Not for now, it's Moses with the stones out on that mountaintop.

  • You see, it was a spoken word that Moses heard in the burning bush that made him push the Pharaoh in the gentry for Freedom Elementary that brought the plagues that freed the slaves at wonder Days of desert ways in The Good Book says, Well, I don't want to step on toes, and you all know how the story goes.

  • And that to me, a spoken word.

  • Do you want to say what my siblings and I didn't know his kids is that every time we spoke in English in Spanish text mix, we were speaking like Americans when our society is encouraged to mimic other people's voices will be empowered with the knowledge that we are more like my friends than we are, unlike, thank you.

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    林宜悉 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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