Zombie Dance by Joe Balaz

Braddah wuz doing
da zombie dance

in da alley by da theater.
Wit rubbah legs and arms
he wuz twirling like wun puppet

cause his brain
wuz pulling all da strings at once.
Da people walking by
wuz all uncomfortable

tinking dat he looked weird
and unstable

so somebody wen call da cops.
Good ting

cause da guy
wen take off all of his clothes

and he wen run down da street
in and out of traffic

like he wuz being chased
by wun pack of rabid dogs.
Wen da police finally arrived

dey found him naked
on his knees by da post office

screaming at da sky
and asking foa forgiveness

foa watevah he wen do.

Looking for nirvana
wit da newest designer drug high

it didn’t take dat long
to get da crazy body boogie going

wit jerking muscle movements.
Next ting you know

zombie dance
and den wun complete avalanche

as paranoia and delusions kick in
to wun excited delirium.
Say good morning
to wun upgraded synthetic rush

and see anadah demon in wun dose
raising hell

as it makes its way
around da neighbourhood.

Joe Balaz writes in Hawaiian Islands Pidgin (Hawai’i Creole English) and in American-English. Some of his recent Pidgin writing has appeared in Rattle, Juked, and Unlikely Stories Mark V, 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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