Mafioso Pizza by Joe Balaz

Soon aftah I wen move
into da new neighborhood

I walked around wun corner to see
wun catchy sign above wun storefront window—

Mafioso Pizza.

 Next to da name of da joint

wuz wun depiction
of wun 1930s Chicago style gangster.

Da character wuz wearing
wun fedora and wun suit

and he wuz smiling
while he wuz holding wun tommy gun.

Da caption on da bottom of da sign
read “There’s no crime in killing your hunger.”

One of my friends did tell me

dat dis West Side area wuz moa rougher
den wheah I used to live.

At least da owner of da pizzeria
had wun sense of humor.

Den again
it’s not as crazy as da East Side of town.

Cleveland’s police
and some suspect bad guys

recently took it
to wun new kine height ovah deah.

Law enforcement
responded to wun high speed car chase

by using wun bazooka to kill wun ant.

Five dozen cop cruisers
joined in on da intense pursuit

wen da runaway car’s backfiring muffler
wuz mistaken for gunshots.

Aftah da vehicle wuz stopped and cornered
13 officers unloaded 137 bullets into da car.

One highly amped cop

jumped up on da hood
and fired rounds point blank through da windshield.

It sounds exciting

but he wuz only putting extra holes
into two freshly snuffed out corpses.

Before he did dat

da unarmed couple in da front seat
wuz already dead from da preceding hail of gunfire.

Bottom line

it wuz just anadah day
in da big city wit big reactions

next to da big lake.

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.

 

 

Neurological

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.

 

 

Meanwhile

 

potentially moa lethal

den missiles from any fighter jet

 

contamination

continues to seep and drip.

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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.

Da FBI Like to Eat POI by Joe Balaz

Da FBI like to eat POI.

One fingah, two fingah,

three fingah,

even whole hand kine POI.

If you stay holding wun protest sign
da FBI going eat you too.

Dey going swallow you down

and all da info going inside wun big stomach
in wun huge secret building

wit all kine sophisticated computers.

 

Da FBI like to eat POI.

One fingah, two fingah,
three fingah,

anykine fingah POI.

 

Make too much criticism
or make too much sense

and dey going fingah you too

cause da FBI like to eat POI.

 

Dey get all kine files
and all kine reasons foa keep wun eye on you

cause da FBI like to make luau in da shadows
and dey just look forward to eating moa POI.

If you stay marching
in da latest public demonstration

you suddenly might be wun person of interest         

cause foa sure
even dough you no can see anyting on da surface

always keep in mind

dat da FBI like to eat POI.

 

* poi   Cooked taro corms pounded and thinned with water.

           Symbolic as a societal staple.      

Why da Poi Stay Stale by Joe Balaz

Wun speaker at da rally

can give you some reasons
as to why da poi stay stale

if you just listen.

 

He going start wit boots on da ground

 

and wun warship
wit its guns aimed at Iolani Palace

Manifest destiny
works really well

wen you got da military might
to simply take wat you like.

 

Uncle Sammy
going crush you undah his feet

if you try resist.
Tecumseh, Crazy Horse,
and Geronimo,

can tell you all about dat.

Scars and slights forevah
is da unfortunate result.
Nowadays

da island natives in da streets                                                                                                            continue to protest foa dere rights.

Adah people look at dem
and tink dey all stay disillusioned.

 

Dats wat happens
wen da blanket of assimilation

settles in ovah time.
Da guy blowing wun couch shell
in front of wun defiant crowd

not going agree wit dat.
As long as da faithful
know dere history

you kannot kill da truth
of wat is wrong and wat is right.

 

 

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.