Common Language

There’s some kid in this bar
making faces as he tells his story
i can’t hear a word he speaks
But I know exactly what he’s saying.
He makes the gestures
of our homogenous culture;
I can name the movie actor
he got that chin angle from,
I know what tv show character
lent him that grimace,
and I’m not sure
what makes me sadder:
that he makes these statements,
or that I speak his language.