Joshua Seigal
Jewish Conspiracy
                                    

Just after my bar-mitzvah my dad
took me aside and he said,
he said to me, “son,
you know all that stuff about the ‘Jewish conspiracy’,
how us Jews run all the banks and
govern foreign policy, and how there are
plans in place to propagate the Jewish race
and dominate the face of the Earth?
This conspiracy, well, it’s all true.
Now that you’ve had your bar-mitzvah, son,
I feel I can tell you.
And when your son has had his bar-mitzvah,
you can tell him too.”




       I  Don’t Know You


I’m dark of skin and dark of hair.
It clings in obstinacy to my head.
Some say my personality is also dark.

This is because I don’t know where I’m from.

My father says his family came over a while ago from Russia
so when people ask me where I’m from sometimes I say Russia,
and they tell me that I don’t look Russian,
and they’re right: I don’t.

My mother says her family came over a while ago from Germany
so when people ask me where I’m from sometimes I say Germany,
and they tell me that I don’t look German,
and they’re right: I don’t.

Sometimes I simply tell them I’m Jewish.
And they reply that isn’t a place,
and they’re right: it’s not.

I’m in the hinterland, one of them, the other
with my big nose like on a Nazi propaganda poster
and my swarthy skin and thick black eyebrows
like I’m planning something. But I’m not.

Some say I’m prone to moods as sickly as my hue.
This is because I have the ability to look at myself
and say, I don’t know you.



          
  Joshua Seigal would go out tonight, but he hasn’t got a stitch to wear.
                                               
                                               
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