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The Woman on the Train-Poem by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal
What Have Some of Us Become?-Poem by John D. Robinson
She Knows Something-Poem by John Lunar Richey
Harley Caress-Poem by Joe Balaz
The Unspoken Words-Poem by Ayaz Daryl Nielsen
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Eden-Poem by Robert Beveridge
Crazy, Crazy-Poem by Marc Carver
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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

HARLEY CARESS

 

by Joe Balaz

 

 

I’ve nevah seen one of her movies

 

but I tink I know

wat da action scenes look like.

 

 

Her face is just as sexy

as da one on da DVD picture online.

 

Da only difference

is dat she’s not wearing red lipstick

 

and she doesn’t have

dat same frizzy hairdo.

 

 

I checked da photo out

on my computer

 

so I could identify her

 

cause my neighbor

in my apartment building

 

said dat she frequented

da corner pizzeria.

 

 

I don’t even know

why I’m sitting heah

 

two tables away from her

watching her eat.

 

She no can see my quick glances

 

dat make me feel

like I’m looking through wun keyhole.

 

 

I swear

 

I’m not into pornographic pepperoni

or extra sleazy cheese

 

but I seem to be confusing myself

cause I kannot take my eyes off of her.

 

 

I imagine da room going dark

 

and da ghost of her cinematic exploits

materializing in frantic gyrations

 

on da wall behind her.

 

 

I don’t tink I’m stalking—

I don’t even know her.

 

 

Harley Caress

takes wun sip of her soft drink

 

as she finishes her slice.

 

 

Sliding da slender strap

of her purse ovah her shoulder

 

she stands

and den walks seductively

 

out da glass door.

 

 

I haven’t felt dis way

since I wuz wun teenager

 

watching my first X-rated flick.   

 

 

Risqué thrills                                                                                                                                  

and tantalizing frills—

 

looks like

dis sexual fantasy ting

 

is wun lifetime gig.






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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