BLOOD IS THICKAH DEN WATAH. A Poem by Joe Balaz

 
 

To all you guys
dat got hitched on da rebound
 
 
take some worthwhile advice—
 
 
Blood is thickah den watah
if you not da faddah of da kids.
 
 

It doesn’t mattah
if dey young or oldah
 
 
she going defend dem
like wun mama lion
 
 
wit teeth and claws exposed.
 
 

If you taught
you wuz numbah one in her life
 
 
you got anadah ting coming.
 
 

Da maternal urge
going trump your opinion
 
 
every day of da week.
 
 

No sense get frustrated
and make tings moa worse
 
 
cause you going only lose in da end.
 
 

Dat wedding band of yours
 
 
going be in da pawn shop
before you know it
 
 
and you going be in wun apartment
while she gets da house.

 
 
No try grab wun greased pole
and tink you going win da debate
 
 
cause da situation going drive you crazy
and out da door.
 
 

It would be wise
to listen to dis warning—
 
 
If you like stay married
 
 
just accept dat you are numbah 2
if she get one or moa kids in front of you.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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, Juked, 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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