KEEP DA FAITH PENELOPE. A Poem by Joe Balaz in Hawai’i Creole English

 
Ovahnight success?!
 
In many cases wen you investigate
dats really not how it is.
 
Sometimes people
go on wun long Odyssey
 
just to get to wheah
dey eventually get to.
 
If your life isn’t short
it’s going to be filled
 
wit intensity and struggles
 
dat you could nevah have imagined
or even foreseen.
 
Flamethrowers will try to burn you
and bullets will try to pierce you
 
as exploding shrapnel
violently flies above your foxhole.
 
As foa me
I’m fixing my bayonet to my rifle
and getting ready
to advance my continuous charge.
 
It’s my “Battle of the Bulge”
 
but unlike da Germans
I’m going to break through.
 
It’s good to have
dat ancient warrior spirit
 
dat seeks to prevail
just like Odysseus traveling back home.
 
I’m about to cast off my hood
and beggar’s rags
 
to bend and string da bow
 
and send wun arrow
streaking through holes in upright axes.
 
Results and actions
 
will take care of my critics
and naysayers.
 
Keep da faith Penelope
 
cause any determined dynamo
certainly will.
 
 

 
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.The book was featured in 2019 by NBC News for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, as one of the best new books to be written by a Pacific Islander.
 
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.
 
Balaz presently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Robin Ouzman Hislop is Editor of Poetry Life and Times at Artvilla.com ; his publications include
 
All the Babble of the Souk , Cartoon Molecules, Next Arrivals and Moon Selected Audio Textual Poems, collected poems, as well as translation of Guadalupe Grande´s La llave de niebla, as Key of Mist and the recently published Tesserae , a translation of Carmen Crespo´s Teselas.
 
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EVERYTING LOOKS LIKE WUN NAIL, A Poem by Joe Balaz

 
 

It must have been da ovahload of anger
surging through his veins
 
along wit da effects of tequila
 
dat wen send da jousting knight
galloping down da highway
 
to stab wun oncoming classic Impala
right between da left double headlight.
 
Dat wuz part of da drama dat took place
out on da highway
 
foa everyone to see.
 
Coming down wun off ramp
 
Sir Catastrophe
took it even further
 
wen da hooves of his charger
wen trample ovah wun gaggle of baby geese
 
squashing dem all like bugs
into da pavement—
 
Not even wun windmill chasing Don Quixote
would have done dat.
 
Out of control
and out of his mind
 
da buggah wuz feeding
da heat of da moment
 
like wun swirling hurricane.
 
Dismounting on main street
in da suburbs
 
Lord-Holier-Den-Tao
wen pile it on
 
wen he wen draw his sword
 
and threatened to chop off da heads and arms
of people
 
dat wen go running and screaming
through da neighborhood.
 
Wen da police arrived
 
da suspect wuz seen
walking into wun house across da street
 
and he wuz easily identified
 
by the broken heart emblem
emblazoned upon his chest.
 
Wun officer talked to his fair lady
up in her bedroom
 
while assessing da damage
 
of wun door dat wuz kicked in
earlier in da day.
 
Anadah cop in da living room
made him write down wun statement
 
of wat transpired
in da tortured kingdom.
 
All da metaphors

and  da painful imagined scenes
of brutal chivalry
 
made as much sense
 
as trying to find da words
to explain wat happened.
 
You can conjure up
any kine of diversionary tale you like
 
but it’s still so sad
to finally realize and discover
 
dat wen you have
wun aggressive hammer
 
everyting looks like wun nail.

 
 
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 Unlikely Stories Mark V, Otoliths, and The Lake, 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.
 
 
 
Robin Ouzman Hislop is Editor of Poetry Life and Times his publications include All the Babble of the Souk and Cartoon Molecules collected poems and Key of Mist the recently published Tesserae translations from Spanish poets Guadalupe Grande and Carmen Crespo  visit Aquillrelle.com/Author Robin Ouzman Hislop about author.  See Robin performing his work Performance (Leeds University) .

BLOOD IS THICKAH DEN WATAH. A Poem by Joe Balaz

 
 

To all you guys
dat got hitched on da rebound
 
 
take some worthwhile advice—
 
 
Blood is thickah den watah
if you not da faddah of da kids.
 
 

It doesn’t mattah
if dey young or oldah
 
 
she going defend dem
like wun mama lion
 
 
wit teeth and claws exposed.
 
 

If you taught
you wuz numbah one in her life
 
 
you got anadah ting coming.
 
 

Da maternal urge
going trump your opinion
 
 
every day of da week.
 
 

No sense get frustrated
and make tings moa worse
 
 
cause you going only lose in da end.
 
 

Dat wedding band of yours
 
 
going be in da pawn shop
before you know it
 
 
and you going be in wun apartment
while she gets da house.

 
 
No try grab wun greased pole
and tink you going win da debate
 
 
cause da situation going drive you crazy
and out da door.
 
 

It would be wise
to listen to dis warning—
 
 
If you like stay married
 
 
just accept dat you are numbah 2
if she get one or moa kids in front of you.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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