WHOP YOUR JAW

 

Whop your jaw, brah,

cause da tortoise wen catch up wit you.

 

 

You taught da buggah

wuz out of da race

 

but he wen slide by

 

wen you wuz taking

wun selfie of yourself.

 

 

Out of sight

and out of mind

 

just like he wuz way out deah

on da Galapagos Islands

 

all by himself

 

dreaming of pictures

and passages to different oceans.

 

 

Looks like he wen evolve

all togettah differently.

 

 

So now you stay

all jealous or upset

 

and like trow rocks at him

 

but his shell is too hard

and everyting going bounce off.

 

 

Funny bunny money

and hogging da limelight and press

 

no mean nutting

to da patient traveler

wit wun belly plate on his chest.

 

 

Blue ribbon is fine wit him

if you share da joy wit da win.

 

 

But if you like frown

like wun unhappy clown

 

and get all negative

and dismissive

 

den moa bettah yet

whop your jaw, brah!

 

© Joe Balaz

 

Bio:  Joe Balaz writes in Hawaiian Islands Pidgin (HawaiÕi Creole English) and American English.  He is the author of Pidgin Eyea book of poetry.  The book was featured in 2019 by NBC News for Asian Pacific American

Heritage Month, as one of the best new books to be written by a Pacific Islander.

 

In July, 2020, he was given the Elliot Cades Award for Literature as an Established Writer. It is the most prestigious literary award given in HawaiÕi.  Balaz presently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.