The Creepy Clown Hiss-teria of 2016
Somehow (no one knows how) did in
The Wicked Witch of the far, far East
And the Pied Piper with all the kids
Took over the Boomtown at the center
Of it all, and, oh, what dance of the trolls
Burning head scarves and blowing up
In bank teller lines and posting hate
From here to everywhere you must see
The moral majority selecting their masher
(in-chief) and getting up on high horse
As gag orders flew and purges proceed
And Paul Revere comes riding to say
“The Ruskies are coming, the Ruskies are coming”
While the bombs of the U.S. (that is us)
Keep falling on seven different countries
And the whole world is watching to see
What comes next when the Masher
(in-chief) turns with one withering look
And all the trolls flashlight in hand
Take over the front row to quick flick
Their flash light switches click, lick, lick
Goes their lips as the masher-in-chief
Way up now on the national cage stage
Does the old fan dance of one thousand veils
As they all try so desperately just to see
In all that dark empty theater space
The pretty pink pussy (hat caps) that
Parade by outside for all to see for free
                 For free, for free
                 For Free for Free
                 Free, Free, Free


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.