As usual I saw it coming in the right
Out of the left, naturally rear quarter
Out there for years slowly advancing
From parallel path to arching torment
Convergence you know portends nothing
Good but there you are with the in-law
As it condenses on the screen an actual
Reality show of reality you’ve been fighting
All of your life in an economic strait-jacket
Ever more, more tightly strapped in walls
More heavily, thickly padded you can’t even
SCREAM as they trot out apex ambitions
And presidential plan style plots celebrity
Is immortal and wealth is harem heaven
And sex is power spiritual and other wise
All you can do is watch it happily happen
From your cell completely connected the legion
Of unspeakable election selection business
As usual government in a tool box market
Magic when the towers come tumbling down
Oh, magic when the towers come tumbling down.


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.