May 2, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Joe Balaz




Devils In Da Infield



Politicians at da capital

play like devils in da infield.


You gaddah hit home runs

ovah dose suckahs


and leave no doubt.


If you wuz hoping

foa wun bio sphere changing event


no be looking to dose guys.


Most of dem stay corrupt

just like da system dey monkey wit.


So if you not wun corporation

or one of dose lobbyists


den just roll your eyes


at all da tings

dose elected officials going do.


Dey wen make demselves elite

cause your vote wuz hijacked.


Good ting

we got investigative journalists


and persistent activists dough.


At least dey can try expose

all da shady moves


in da big shadow game.


As foa da devils in da infield

bothered by da pushback


nowadays dey really wish

dey could take away all da balls and bats


and keep you completely grounded

by sticking pitchforks into your cleats.









Like any adah wise guy

yapping off da top of his head


he works hard at knowing nutting.


Seeing his subject mattah on da internet

he takes it as gospel


wen it could easily be fake news

created by fake people in da fake world.


Fact checking is wun good ting

if you just stick to da facts


cause den you going know

wat is wat.


His girlfriend no help da situation


by sending him moa suspect info

on her cellphone


dat she wen find on Facebook.


Fish stories

and high school football glories


at da neighborhood bar or barbershop


now stay replaced

by soap opera politics and religion


spreading on da worldwide web

like unstoppable wildfire.


Da Russians wen do it


helped by da Nigerians

who wuz working wit da French


while dey wuz consulting

wit da Chinese.


Dats wat dis latest report

is saying anyway


and it’s as reliable

as its unnamed sources.


Now he’s reading

wun breaking story


dat da Pope had illicit sex

wit wun Rohingya woman


while da holy man

wuz visiting Myanmar.


It’s so outrageous

dat it has to be true


cause everybody

is covering up someting.


Da newly informed dude

viewing all of dis


is whipped into wun heightened frenzy

and he’s exploding into anadah rant


cause wen you work hard

at knowing nutting


you going unknowing prove

dat even belief is unbelievable.







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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