November 14, 2017 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Joe Balaz




Globalization And Da Big Tribes



So much foa open borders

aftah da flame has been lit


cause plenty guys like pull in tight

and circle da wagons


and make like wun armadillo ball.


Dey going put up wun fence

wit no pretense


to save wat dey tink going be lost


Da faddahland, da maddahland,

da only if you look like me land


wit changing flags

flying in da breeze


foa wat dey now represent.


All da nationalists stay pouring gasoline

on top of da growing fire


and somebody and someting

going get burned.


If you wuz ideally tinking

of wun worldwide melting pot


dats just not going to happen anytime soon.


Da only way dis planet

going truly unite


is if dose magenta hued multi-eyed aliens

out dey in Alpha Centauri


decide to put humankind on dere lunch list.


Until den


protectionism going resurface

and run rampant


and everybody going find demselves

on opposing sides


dat no like be da ones to lose.





Sure Fire Unison



In dose science fiction movies


you wuz always afraid

of dose evil robots coming from outer space

but its da ones heah on earth

dat you going have to worry about


cause dey going take your job

and terrorize your livelihood


It’s wun new industrial revolution


and your old position

on da assembly line


not going be part of it.



and computerized sensors


going take ovah


and automation going rule

wit human machine interfaces.


Da technological route

is now fast becoming wun ultimate highway


dat going eventually leave your bones

strewn out on da roadside.


Dere’s moa people

being laid off dese days


as da factory work

shrinks and disappears


so da average guy is wondering

wat going happen next.


Da actor Arnold Schwarzenegger

once played wun character


in two Terminator movies


who wuz wun cyborg

first sent to destroy


and den latah to protect.


One of his catch phrases

in da second film


is so appropriate to da current situation


wen it is applied

to da dwindling workforce.


You can just hear

all of dose corporations and shareholders


proclaiming in sure fire unison—


Hasta la vista, baby.







Joe Balaz

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, Unlikely Stories Mark V, Otoliths, 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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