Way Up Deah
Jared’s maddah told him
dey wuzn’t on da top
dats wat da family genealogy wen say.
One of da given names on da list
wuz translated to mean
Da average person in da village
So Jared wen find out
his family wuz from da chiefly class
Dey wuz nobles in da social strata.
Dat wuz cool to know
cause everyting stay different now.
Jared wuz high in da air
on da side of wun building
Working wit wun squeegee
he kept adah people’s
Joe Balaz writes in Hawaiian Islands Pidgin (Hawai’i Creole English) and American-English. He edited Ho’omanoa: An Anthology of Contemporary Hawaiian Literature. Balaz is an avid supporter of Hawaiian Islands Pidgin writing in the expanding context of World Literature. He presently lives in Ohio.