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Run, Robby, Run, Part 4-Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
All I Want for Christmas-Fiction by Carly Zee
Arterial Spray-Fiction by J. Brook
Murder Boots-Fiction by Jim Farren
The Blueberry Muffin Girl-Fiction by Michael Bauman
Standoff-Fiction by Lester L. Weil
Guns 'N Money-Fiction by Roy Dorman
Fester-Fiction by Mark Renney
The Start of a Bitchin' Year-Fiction by Luke Walters
Reprisal_Fiction by John W. Dennehy
Elevator-Fiction by Doug Hawley
Jamie, with the Blue Eyes-Fiction by Betty J. Sayles
All for the Love of a Good Burger-Flash Fiction by Paul Beckman
Multiple Choice-Flash Fiction by Bill Baber
Karma-Flash Fiction by Dr. I. M. Irascible
That Poe Story-Flash Fiction by Chris McGinley
Nome-Flash Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
Underestimated-Poem by Marci McKim
The Stream of Life-Poem by Aiki Mann
Christmas Tale-Poem by Joe Balaz
In Loving Memory Of-Poem by Michael Marrotti
The Tattooed Man-Poem by Daniel G. Snethen
You Got a Friend-Poem by Jerry Vilhotti
70,000 Birds-Poem by Judith Partin-Nielsen
Migrations #1-Poem by Judith Partin-Nielsen
at the crest-Poem by Meg Baird
Gottingen Street 1998-Poem by Meg Baird
a subtle karate pose-Poem by Mark Young
The chains coil up into helical structures-Poem by Mark Young
Dream I'd Like to Forget-Poem by Alan Britt
Near Dawn-Poem by Alan Britt
Mischievous Ghosts-Poem by Alan Britt
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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

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Art by W. Jack Savage 2017

CHRISTMAS TALE

 

by Joe Balaz

 

 

 

Gaddah dress like wun cake

and walk like wun penguin

 

Might as well be on da South Pole.

 

 

It must be da Christmas season

 

dough Santa Claus in wun sled

being pulled by wun polar bear

 

looks kinnah strange to me.

 

 

He lights up his corncob pipe

wit wun blowtorch

 

and exhales

wun kaleidoscopic cloud

 

dat floats ovah da ice fields

and rains green and red snow boots

 

down on da distant mountains.

 

 

Too bad dere wuzn’t 

any indigenous Antarcticans around

 

to benefit

from all da different shoe sizes.

 

 

He must be losing his touch

wit his gift giving.

 

 

Maybe he’s going senile

 

and da amyloids in his brain

are clogging up his good intentions.

 

 

Rudolph Valentino

realizes someting is not right

 

and he appears upon da scene

wit wun ruby glow searchlight

 

dat cuts through da confusion

 

to help Saint Nick make his way

through da unseen blizzard.

 

 

All da silver bells

on da silent screen

 

are ring, ring, ringing

 

as Jimmy Stewart

jumps up in da theater audience

 

and proclaims

it’s wun wonderful life.

 

 

Wrap it up

and put wun ribbon on it

 

cause it’s just wun necessary procedure.

 

 

Dats wat all da surgeon elves

are saying

 

aftah dis story is said and done.

 

 

 

 

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.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2017