Funny when you start to feel sorry for the enemy
Because they still believe when it’s been so long
Since you had a team in the game you’ve given up
Expecting to win so you see the final complete confusion
Of super stupor bowl fan delusion that is Lady GaGa
With spiraling lights in the sky behind singing
“God Bless America” like Kate Smith and Woody Guthrie
“This Land Is Your Land” following along next and
(no one seems to know the first spawned the second)
Just another battle in the long sorry culture war
Just another surge of chemicals bouncing the brain
You won I lost she’s done we’re insanely crossed
Administrations change White House washed by the next
Gathering tsunami crime wave here come law and order
Another psychedelic dance rave and it’s funny when
You start to feel sorry for the enemy because poor souls,
Poor souls they still believe in winning, in the endless wars
So they say why not, “why not just set up a guillotine
On the Public Common and chop off his head”
(when it’s only the Islam-o-phobic national security advisor head)
Chop off his frenetic head, they say, right there
At the leadership meeting for the crew of the Monday Lunch.


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.