So now the murder
(assassination really)
is made public by cell phone
broadcast to the Cloud
by an Apple watch
on the wrist on the hand
from which the fingers were cut
before the living body
of the victim was sliced up
with an autopsy saw
still breathing parts
put into cases and removed
to be flown out on private planes
and immediately Agent Orange Head
in the White House starts talking about “rogue killers”
when it happened in the Saudi Arabian Embassy
in old Istanbul once Constantinople
so suddenly everyone remembers
(again) the 15 Saudi Arabians on the planes
(that no one could imagine) crashed into buildings
not hardly a word in the corporate media for more than 3 years
of Yemen mercilessly bombed by Saudi Arabia
it’s just like Bret (the Bart) Cavanaugh
yes, it’s all about the money
shut up we won
some victory,


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.