Greed makes stupid I think in the Public Garden as I stand in front
the Chinese Redwood tree whose twisting form makes me stop to feel
the touch of its psychedelic vision even though it does not seem to weather
well as our New England winters alternate from temperate humidity
to polar jet stream icy blast with hyperbolic cycles of El Nino/ La Nina.
Even the Pentagon has warned our oil corporate funda-mentalist apocalyptic
war mongering current age administration that unintended consequences
can far outweigh greedy goals , but as much as it sometimes seems that
they are really planning it all what appears to be conspiracy is simply,
“greed makes stupid”. So for the first time since the Spanish Civil War
was put down by Franco’s fascists an Islamic fundamentalist bomb left
in retaliation for the U.S. invasion of Iraq has brought “socialists” to power
in Spain and bombs could go off in the Philippines or Indonesia, India, Pakistan
or Afghanistan, Turkey or Chechnya, Saudi Arabia or Israel, North Africa or Europe
the Horn of Africa or Australia and certainly here at home. Whoever wins the election
there will be another economic fallout which they can then blame on the “liberals”
if they lose or if they win use to buy up wealth at bargain basement prices.
But the president really does look like Alfred E. Newman the cartoon mascot
of Mad Magazine whose caption always says “What Me Worry”. Greed makes stupid.
Alan Greenspan “the Wizard of Wall Street” who has come out once more to defend
the tax cuts for the wealthy is ready to cut social security and keep interest rates low
in order to accomplish that goal even though he was one who doubled the payroll taxes
in order to “save social security”. This blatant politicization of the head of the Fed
proves once again “Greed Makes Stupid”. There’s nothing these people won’t do.
They’re such moral men conserving the nation’s values to help the rich and waging
acts of piracy to defend their obsolete industry and degrading the ecology of the planet
to maintain their sick All One Thing Bush/ Cheney regime. But somehow I return to find
the Chinese Redwood has sprouted green nubs at the tips of its imperiled branches.


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.