For long days I draw double spiral designs
that become google eyed shaman cartoons
and then I’m telling my first grade grand-daughter
about how my Nini, my precious grand-mother
immigrant from Haarlem, Holland in 1905
skated figure 8’s on the frozen Detroit River
and as her great-great granddaughter goes
off to the skating rink out in the circling suburbs
I think the personal really is so political (now
my son says he doesn’t listen to the faux Fox
but somehow I guess by circulating osmosis
he has every one of their repeating talking points)
thoughtlessly thrown out by all the politically correct
radical pundit technocracy merit based success
skating by as those circling barbaric natives attack
the surrounded wagon train loops by once more
and they used call them the “poor pilgrim” immigrants
but now we need to “Build a Wall” “Build a Wall”
when most of the “illegals” arrive completely legally
through all the holes in the already existing wall
and even though more of the immigrants are leaving
than are arriving why go ahead and give the man
Agent Orange Head in the besieged White House
whatever he wants just so he won’t deport the kids
who went to the public schools and the public clinics
just as they’re trying to get jobs and work a lifetime
                   for the Common Wealth.


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.