The talking points are all stuck in the backed up social toilet bowl,
the broken legal-economic commode flush down the culture drain
system that never really worked that well in the first place a final cause
that predicts the same miserable end that sits on top the floating turds
“everyone is upset at the N. Koreans” who might have the Sword of Damocles
bomb that’s been hanging over my head all my life since I first heard H-bomb
out on the back yard Labor Day picnic when I thought the A-bomb was the ultimate,
little did I know that almost 70 years later then I would think I got my 3 score and ten
but what about my 6 year old granddaughter who just lost her first front tooth
smiling at me from cell phone transmission and it’s all screens everywhere
I turn it’s TV screens, computer screens, smart phone screens that scream
which say, no show, don’t look there, don’t actually see what’s really happening
right before your eyes, don’t see the planet warming all around all of us,
don’t see the tree borers burrowing the trees, don’t see the pesti-herbicides
in the food supply, don’ even think about the micro-plastics in the H2O
don’t even peek at the deadly deleted non-democracy or all that money
spreading poverty everywhere at once now here nowhere all the screens
that never show us what could be done and what life could be like
if death wasn’t there collecting it all, every bit, every little bit-bite there
on all those screens that screen us into this identity, that sub-group
and screened off segment all floating around the stopped up hopper.


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.