The Lost cause and the Bloody Shirt finally have come together
In the Global War of Terror (GWOT) and the Cult of Sep. 11, 2001
where every year we bomb more countries into demolished oblivion
and then come September and the week-end of the bosses celebration
of the appropriation of all our labors (for the last 4 decades or so at least)
and, of course, the return of the kids to school a place increasingly privatized
hence indebted as we all watch, again, the repeat of the shots of crashing planes
and burning buildings so that those too young to remember the event will
participate in all our trauma and learn that no one is allowed to ask still
what it was we, us, the U.S. might have done to provoke the evil actions
of the evil doers and heavens forbid anyone should bother mention
gee, I Like Ike, Eisenhower, commissioned reams of studies that
revealed the policies that made them hate us all the way back
to the expulsion of the Palestinians from the Holy Land and
oh, the installation of the Shah of Iran by coup but if you
want to get the Bloody Shirt of 9/11 cinched around
your neck bring up the Lost Cause of the War
of, by and for Terror at the weekly demo
for Peace and Human Rights
on the public Common.


James Van Looy has been a fixture in Boston’s poetry venues since the 1970s. He is a member of Cosmic Spelunker Theater and has run poetry workshops for Boston area homeless people at Pine Street Inn and St. Francis House since 1992. Van Looy leads the Labyrinth Creative Movement Workshop, which his Labyrinth titled poems are based on. His work appears weekly in Oddball Magazine. The title of todays poem refers to “the (noble?) Lost Cause of the Confederate States of America” and “the Bloody Shirt of t