for Boston’s Street Community

We’re still here. All of us.
They feel safer thinking we’re all alcoholic, drug fiends, crazy or dead.
Some of us are many thanks to them and their guns, drugs and money all over the globe,
their petro based pollutions emitted from plastic stacks, and pest-herbi-cide agro industries
and the Lord only knows what horrors of technological innovation gone mad
in the name of greed, avarice, and crackpot realist solutions to previous modern transgressions
but we’re still here and all misinformation and dis-educations filtering down
through the organs of academia and the corporate press aside
we still know something, indeed, much, more than might be imagined by those
who find it convenient to justify their tiny advantages, their gossamer veil of class illusion,
their brittle thin reifications of the dis-ease, poverty, race and sexism
which thrives on faintest differences and gluttonously eats all our flesh
like the cancers of addiction and the new-old plagues of the late 20th century mind-body politic
without ever a name until too late and never a reckoning until long after the feast ….
but still we’re here and still we know and have known and are waiting and will wait
because all sickness and corruption aside, all death waiting in the wings,
all backstage plots and conspiracies, all racketeering and profiteering,
all corrupt officials, all paid off agencies, all co-opted options,
vacuous commentators, fired teachers, and mis-connected, mis-directed bought leaders                                                                                                                                    aside
there is a new vision or at least an old one grafted from roots
more ancient than the first profession and it can’t be bought or sold
because we are it…and the people are not for sale.



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.