Fossil Feud, oil on canvas, 22" x 28", 2016

Poetry  by Joe Balaz ∞ Art by Karen Hackenberg 


No insult my antennas
wit dat hypothetical could have been.
Da way you see it

if it looks like wun coconut
smells like wun coconut
and tastes like wun coconut

den it could have been wun lychee.
It could have been
wun donkey jumping ovah da moon.

It could have been
3 chickens instead of 3 pigs.

It could have been
wun lethal kumquat

instead of wun poison apple too.
It could have been lottah tings
but it wuzn’t.

It simply wuz wat it wuz
and dats da way it is.
If you like speculate
on how tings could have been

create some new fairy tales
or nursery rhymes

and let your theories
drift off into lala-land.
None of your changing scenarios
going get any reception from me.

I no moa time foa your fanciful agenda—
I got wun appointment wit da real.

Fossil Feud, oil on canvas, 22″ x 28″, 2016

Joe Balaz writes in Hawaiian Islands Pidgin (Hawai’i Creole English) and in American-English.

He has also created works in visual poetry and in music poetry.  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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