Lomeo and Iulieki – one pidgin tragedy inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”

Aloha BR readers,

If you nevah read “Lomeo and Iulieki — one pidgin tragedy” part one and part two, mo bettah go back and catch up. Bumbye going be too confusing.


Part Three

Lomeo had blood
All ovah his white t-shirt.
Dat same night
He wen sneak up
Da big, white plumeria tree
Fo tell Iulieki about
Da double killing
She said,
“Oh, Lomeo
What we going do?”
Lomeo wen tell Iulieki
“I gotta tink—-
My only bruddah
Who could love and understand
wen make —- die —- dead.
I gotta escape
No mo choice
Bumbye da judge
Going lock me up.
Foget Vegas
Foget da white chapel
Foget —- us.

Oh, Lomeo, Lomeo
I no tink I can live
If living is without you.
Iulieki, no worry.
We going make one plan
But no foget
Gotta take everting you need
No can go back home
We going meet
In one secret place
Get only one person left
I can trust.
Coach Lawrence
From high school daze.
He nevah, evah,
let me down.
He going come
To our kōkua.

we no get
Too much time
Let’s touch
And weave words
Like our first night
At Baby Moke’s lūʻau.
Dat wuz da night
Dat wen change
All nights
Fo evah.
You go check out
Coach Lawrence
He going tell you da plan.
Iulieki wen hemo
da bloody t-shirt
off Lomeo
She wen run
her hands
Down his six-pack chest
And she wen weep.
Lomeo wen run
his hands
down her long
Hula-girl hair
Way past her waist
And he wen weep.
Dey wen weave words
Of aloha
Deep,deep aloha.
Like one big lauhala basket.
Woven tight and evah lasting.

Wuz da next day
Iulieki wen check out
Coach Lawrence.
He wuz wide
And intimidating
Like Aunty Lani’s
Double fridge freezah.
But inside
He had
one heart of gold
And he wuz getting old.
But he wen make one plan fo dem.
Wuz one time
wen Coach Lawrence
Was young
And not so wide.
He lived off da ocean
Like his kupuna.
Dey wen teach him tings
Like he wuz in one school.
But da school was da ocean,
Da fish, da plants,
Da birds.
He wen learn from kupuna
Dat get one plant,
And wen da fish eat dis plant
Dey float like
Dey wen make—-die —- dead.
But dey not dead,
Jus mo easy fo catch in one pond.

Coach Lawrence wen give Iulieki
Dis same plant.
Dis is what he wen tell her.
“Honey girl, you eat dis plant,
Going make you tired
You going sleep —- long, long time.
No worry, I going come get you
And take you to da secret place.
Lomeo going be waiting
And you two going run away.”
Lomeo was waiting at Kamakalani Cove
Da cops wen spock him.
He wen outrun da cops

He wen jump off da highest rock
Da ocean wuz rough,
One killa wave wen pull Lomeo in,
He wen get slammed
Against da sharp rocks
Fo one moment
He wen spock
Da way she looked
On da night of Baby Moke’s lūʻau
She wuz dancing on da beach
In her Pele-red holokū
One big wave, like one hand
Wen take him back out, way out.
Wuz da next day
One early mawning fisherman
Wen find Lomeo
Lying limp like limu
On da sand.
Coach Lawrence nevah like tell Iulieki
But she saw him lying on da sand.
Wuz him, her Lomeo.
He wen die for her.
For Iulieki.
She wen run quick
To da fisherman
She wen ask him someting
She wen take his sharpest knife
She wen talk to da knife,
“Knife, now my body
Going be your new home.”
Iulieki wen cut herself up.

Wuz one cold morning
In fair Kapahulu
At da church
Two warring ʻohanas
Standing face to face
Tears falling
Looking down on
Two young lovers
In her Pele-red holokū
Who wen shine so bright
Mo bright
Dan da moon
Of da egg
Of da golden duck.
Da termites
Wen swarm
Dey wen come so dizzy
Dey all wen drop
Da washi-pepa wings
Dey all wen die
Now Lomeo wen die
For her
For Iulieki

Tutu Wong wen walk up to Tutu Mahi
She wen put one white plumeria lei on Tutu Mahi
Sweet plumerias
Still had morning-rain drops
On da flowas.
Tutu Mahi’s tears
Wen mix wit da
Morning rain on da lei.
Tutu Mahi wen put
One Pele-red rose lei
On Tutu Wong
Her salty tears wen mix
Wit da sweet smell
Of da Pele-red roses
Da rest of da ʻohanas
wen embrace
Wit aloha.

I nevah tell one story
Mo sad den dis befo
Like dis one
Of Iulieki
And her Lomeo.


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