for Brian and Lisa

Love is one ocean
that great weight depth
that buoys us up
as we float its surface
filled with the breath
of the mighty arch
of burning blue sky
we dread the black clouds
(that may never come)
even as vapor rises
with promise of pure rain
for the sun is a furnace
blazing far above the world
but Love is One Ocean
this great weight depth
that without a thought
can surely save us all.


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.