If you wait long enough you will see
without light and what your eye lacks
will allow the structure of sight to manifest.
The bunch, wilding bunch, currently in power
are just a gang breaking the law and
daring the rest of us to blast them
out of their hole in the wall.

This is all very scary but in the dark
in the complete, total darkness there’s
nothing better than to stay where you are.
The gang is as trapped in the dark
as everybody else. If they weren’t afraid
they wouldn’t have to act so bad tough.

It must be horrible to be a bad bully boy
and play horrid deadly dangerous practical jokes
and never say I’m sorry or apologize.
It’s actually very nice to sit in the dark
and wait to see what the human eye
has to do with this still Labyrinth Hall.


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.