For Kip Tiernan Founder of Rosie’s Place

How too many times
have we knelt in this dark shadow
together, praying
just for relief, for a little bit more
food, housing, care and attention
for just enough,
                     or those who need it most
                                                    or simple justice
as all too many times
before a shelter, school or hospital is built
all over the land great McMansions clutter and pollute the landscape
and rich food and drink flows at the parties of profit
and the partiers and their elites look down from behind the megaphone
of their high bright privilege and say “what’s their problem”?


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.