There are these triangles of phi
way under the scapula
in the depths of the pelvis
way down in the subterranean crypt
this is where the real power lives
this is the muscular center
the four quarters descend down to
the bands that hold it all together
and bind the quarters of the body together.

When you find that place
then you have found the strength
that cannot be defined by definition or bulk.
You can do anything.


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.