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BEING WUN ELEMAKULE by Joe Balaz

June 2, 2018
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June 1, 2018
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BEING WUN ELEMAKULE

 

Not so hot

being wun elemakule

 

wen no moa big bang anymoa.

 

Kannot make nuclear missile

like before

 

cause da buggah no fit in da silo.

 

Auwe noho’i e

no can wow da wahine.

 

Moa bettah find wun hobby

 

cause wun romantic workout

is wun ting of da past.

 

All you young bucks out deah

geev ‘um as much as you can

 

and no turn down nutting

wen you get da chance.

 

Today Don Juan

tomorrow poho.

 

Being wun elemakule

has wun big downsize

 

if you know wat I mean.

 

 

 

Glossary

 

auwe noho’i e      Oh, my goodness.

buggah                 Person, place, or thing.

elemakule            Old man.

poho                     Out of luck.

wahine                Woman.

 

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 Otoliths, Unlikely Stories Mark V, Yellow Mama, and Angry Old Man, 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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