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VALIUM SUNRISE by Joe Balaz


Rock bottom stay all flat

like wun smooth black slate


so take some chalk

and write wun explanation on it.



If da words of futility

are too hard to compose


den wun simple cave drawing will do.



You can pretend

to be wun ancient human


surviving in wun environment


wheah everyting is primitive

and not so complex.



Adah den being trampled on

by wun mastodon


or eaten by wun pack of wolves


existence wuzn’t wun situation

dat couldn’t be handled.



It wuz tough


but at least it wuzn’t complicated

like it is today.



Wit da advances

of da modern age


it’s amazing da world

can still be so difficult.



Da old forest

is essentially da same


but beyond it


wun high pressured lifestyle

speeds along


to wun relentless neon

and wun continous digital code.



Da heightened pace of tings

can just spin you around


and send you spiraling.



In da course of it all


be grateful

to da makers of pharmaceuticals


foa da miracle

of wun valium sunrise.



Because of dere coping gift


wun bright sun is now streaming

onto da synthetic living room carpet


even dough da curtains

on da windows


are tightly drawn closed.



 

Joe Balaz writes in Hawaiian Islands Pidgin (Hawai’i Creole English) and American English. He is the author of Pidgin Eye, a book of poetry. 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 Hawai’i.




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