going away all they could talk about
was the failure to pass “repeal of Obamacare”
coming back all they could talk about
was the passage in the House of Representatives
of a bill to defund Obamacare by voiding
the tax that funds its insurance subsidies
and “pay for” this tax break for the rich
by taking funds from Medicaid of the amount
given back to the rich and then meanwhile
I knew about the 59 cruise missiles launched
at Syrian airbase and the biggest bomb ever
unleashed at last on Southern Afghanistan
and the “Armada” setting course for N. Korea
that ended up being in exercises near Australia
but I didn’t find out until much, much later
that everyone (in the lamestream media) decided
Donald J. Trump was really president when they
saw how beautiful those missiles looked blasting off
ships with the U.S.A. U.S.A. flag flying in foreground


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.