Funny how you can go around knowing but not knowing
After all you knew it was going on all the time
There were reports of the same old goings on going on
The lists were being purged just like always before
A series of laws were passed to effect the numbers
And the Supreme Court itself enabled them
By striking down the operant provision
In a key Civil Rights Act that actually
Had been passed unanimously
(Almost) after research showed
The need for its continuance
And anyway there were already many billions of dollars surging
Through the whole process as all this happened because
The Supreme Court, the Devil, reached greasy finger
Into the process to remove limits on money
In the process, gee, why before anything
Even was done a judge denied a motion
To stop officials from disabling
The function that creates
A record saying those
Who wanted a record
Would have to prove the need of a record
When the only way to prove a fraud
Was with a record
But the real corker is those exit surveys that never match the numbers wrong, wrong, wrong
every time they’re explaining to us how could that happen like if they were in what used
to be called the “Third” World, the U.S. that is (US) would be saying DO IT OVER
What a relief to finally know that you know, you know.

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.