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Foa Da Price of One-Poem by Joe Balaz
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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2019

FOA DA PRICE OF ONE

 

by Joe Balaz

 

 

Da green turns into white

and da bills turn into receipts

 

while da cost of living

keeps moving on

 

like wun millipede

wit plenty kine feets.

 

 

Might as well

pull out all of my hair

 

and make bolo head.

 

 

Moa bettah

have nutting on top

 

cause not going have nutting

in da pocket.

 

 

And look

at dat inflationary arthropod go

 

walking along steady Freddy

as if money grow on coconut trees.

 

 

Auwe noho’i e!

 

Most people gaddah pay in some way

foa live on dese islands

 

except foa dose rich buggahs

 

wit dere silver spoons

and golden parachutes.

 

 

In my dreams

I like foa go samps

 

but no can

 

cause Mister Buku Bucks

not going give me nutting.

 

 

Shoots den!

 

I guess

I gaddah accept my fate

 

and in wun small

consequential way

 

tings might be looking up.

 

 

I wen just find out

 

dat wit dis coupon

I wen cut from da newspaper

 

I can get two hamburgers

foa da price of one.

 

 

 

 

Joe Balaz has created works in American English and Hawaiian Islands Pidgin (Hawai'i Creole English).  He presently lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and he is the author of Pidgin Eye.






Cindy Rosmus is a Jersey girl who looks like a Mob Wife & talks like Anybody’s from West Side Story. She works out 5-6 days a week, so needs no excuse to drink or do whatever the hell she wants She’s been published in the usual places, such as Shotgun Honey, Hardboiled, A Twist of Noir, Megazine, Beat to a Pulp, Out of the Gutter, Mysterical-E, and Twisted Sister. She is the editor/art director of the ezine, Yellow Mama. She’s a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights activist. She has recently been branching out into photo illustration, under the guidance and mentoring of Ann Marie Rhiel.




In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2019