Rigorous
Volume Five, Issue 4



Cause da Adahs Are So Sweet

Joe Balaz


It’s red just like wun apple
almost da same kine size

and still you misjudge da buggah
but you got to realize

even dough no moa sweet taste

da ting is healthy and nutritious
and is really good foa you.


So who wen make da label
and who wen make da call?

Wat dey tell you is misleading
and not so true at all.


Like wun label in wun classroom
like wun label on wun race

like wun deal in wun backroom
putting tings so out of place.


Opinion is opinion
and wun onion is wun onion

and sometimes

choice is just wun choice
to put someting in wun dungeon.


Moa bettah investigate,
moa bettah disagree,

if dey tell you someting fishy
like wun fish inside da sea.



Joe Balaz: “I write in Hawaiian Islands Pidgin (Hawai’i Creole English) and American English. I am the author of Pidgin Eye, a book of poetry. In July, 2020, I was given the Elliot Cades Award for Literature as an Established Writer. It is the most prestigious literary award given in Hawai’i. I presently live in Cleveland, Ohio.”




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