"Telling You Adahwise" and "Wen It All Evolves"

Telling You Adahwise

I’m now considered to be
wun enemy of da state of being

mistakenly comatose

even dough my sparks of insight
and questioning persistence

is telling you adahwise.

Sorry about my uncooperative nature
but I’m just not into accepting snake oil

and being bamboozled and sold
on da boastful and promising pitch.

Just because someone said so
no mean dat it is.

Da man wit da talking head
as wun bullhorn

is revving up da crowd

and people are chasing
every shiny object dat he tosses out.

It’s like wun flock of crows
flapping wings and cawing

as if dey wuz opening gifts
on Christmas morning.

Too bad all da offerings
are just pieces of fragmented tin foil

and not da grand silver lining
dat everyone wuz expecting.



Wen It All Evolves

Da physical earth
is headed to wun united Pangaea Ultima.

It’s inevitable.

I wondah wat people
going be like by den.

Before all da continents unite

homogenized humanoids

would have already met
in da brackish flux of intersectionality

foa plenty kine years.

Dat should be wun sufficient
amount of time

foa biology and sociology

to deal
wit all of dose racial issues.


No can differentiate
wen everyting looks da same

cause it will be wun grand utopia

as everybody enjoys all da fruits
of wun new earthy cornucopia.


Wun great pristine world awaits
dat going be non-toxic in moa ways den one.


It’s always nice to be hopeful
dat someting bettah is on da way

wen I’m looking out da window

and watching da latest race problem
brewing in da streets.


Continental plates
can’t move fast enough

and generational tinking
dat accepts wun simple tolerance

is just as slow.


Wen it all evolves
no mattah how long it takes

at least da planet still going be round.



Joe Balaz writes in Hawaiian Islands Pidgin (Hawai'i Creole English). He is the author of Pidgin Eye, a collection of poetry. The book was featured by NBC News for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in 2019. Balaz presently lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Joe recommends Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu.


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 23:57