Curved Horns – by Joe Balaz

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Wun voice in Steve’s head

asked him witout hesitation,


Who’s hungovah dis morning?”


He quickly answered,


“Not me

but I’m willing to learn.”



Dat tells you how da preceding night went

along wit da day before it


and so on and so on.



Give Steve da hair of da dog

or da wolf, or da tiger


dat bit him


cause realization

and recognition


sees da same damage

no mattah wat kine of teeth it wuz.



Let it be known

dat Sleve’s not picking fights


he’s just standing his ground.



It’s wun man-card violation


to ask foa your coffee

at wun certain temperature.


Bad enough


dat da meticulous soon to be rival

wuz having wun prissy latte.



Dat alone


is not wat led to da physical clash.


Steve simply disagreed

wit wat da guy wuz saying


wen dey decided

to escalate dere altercation.



It’s not like

he wuz taking on wun daffodil eidah


cause Steve found out


dat dere wuz wun equal amount

of masculinity involved


in da simultaneous blitzkrieg.



Any bystander would have to admit


dat both of dem landed

wun good deal of punches.



Now you know

why rams have dose impressive curved horns.


Dey like to butt heads.


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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