Seep and Drip by Joe Balaz

His body engines stay roaring

and he’s ready foa take flight


cause all his cells have been altered

and da damage is in sight—


Da reluctant passenger

going crash slowly


into wun invisible fireball.




and cancerous consequences


going be talking in present tenses


wen all da doctors do dere tests

and find wun tragedy in da results.



Dis unfortunate situation

could be coming down da road


cause people going find out

wat has been happening.



Da average person on da street

might be one of many


who has been drinking

traces of aviation juice


witout knowing it.



Undahground at Red Hill

da military got wun massive storage system


dat wuz built just above

wun important aquifer.


Da large tanks wuz leaking jet fuel foa years

and now da public going get wun huge surprise.



At da hearing

wun spokesmen foa da Navy


wants to sweep everyting

undah wun bamboo mat


cause he no can address wat may happen


if tings develop

into wun humungous hazard.



Da buggah is all deflection

wit his bureaucratic deception


as he dances around da questions

concerning da big snafu.





potentially moa lethal

den missiles from any fighter jet



continues to seep and drip.


Joe Balaz writes in Hawaiian Islands Pidgin (Hawai’i Creole English) and in American English. He edited Ho’omanoa: An Anthology of Contemporary Hawaiian Literature.  Some of his recent Pidgin writing has appeared in Rattle, JukedOtoliths, and Hawai’i Review, among others.
Balaz is an avid supporter of Hawaiian Islands Pidgin writing in the expanding context of World Literature.  He presently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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