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Art by W. Jack Savage 2021

PLAN BUT NO REALLY PLAN

 

by Joe Balaz

 

 

If can can

if no can no can

 

it is as simple as dat.

 

 

Plan

but no really plan

 

and wat you may tink

wuz premeditation in hindsight

 

is not so at all.

 

 

Look to roll

wit da unforeseen scroll

 

dat is unfurling before you.

 

 

You’re not nutzo

cause it’s wun definite go

 

so slide through dat door

and go foa it.

 

 

See all of dose go-go girls

dancing up on da stage

 

getting da audience going

 

so much so

dat everyone is dancing too

 

and digging it so much?

 

 

Da whole presentation                                                                                              

is brought about by you.

 

 

Da passionate visions,

da flights of fancy,

 

da sparking synthetic stars

 

in wun strange

and marvelous night sky.

 

 

Add dis to da picture

 

of wat can nevah be

wun total picture

 

cause adahs like you

are adding to it as well

 

like wun continuous video

dat flashes scenes

 

into da reaches of infinity.

 

 

If can can

if no can no can

 

it is as simple as dat.

 

 

 

Joe Balaz writes in Hawaiian Islands Pidgin (Hawai’i Creole English)

and American English.  He is the author of Pidgin Eyea 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.


W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of eight books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage (wjacksavage.com).  To date, more than fifty of Jack’s short stories and over a thousand of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2021