She’s got dream boys in da attic by Joe Balaz

She’s got dream boys in da attic
and some new intentions too—

looks like da kid
going be hard to handle.


Pull in da parental reigns

and watch dat filly’s hooves
go crashing through da wall

as she breaks free

and goes running into da night
crazed and rebellious.


Hoping dat she wuz still wun virgin
has just been canceled

and now da wish is
dat she no get pregnant.


But let’s not get too one-sided
and overly critical

cause somebody is partnering
wit somebody.


All da palomino colts
are sowing dere wild oats

in plain view
of wun double standard

so let’s tag dose studs too
wit some equal responsibility.


It’s wun powerful
two-way issue

dat good old court and spark

and everyone
wants to be prancing in da pasture.


Look at da spirit
in dose intense eyes

da flowing mane
and da flared nostrils.


She’s kicking up her legs
like wun bronco

and dere’s no corral in sight

cause she’s got dream boys in da attic
and real ones in da basement.


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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