Those pesky invasive barbarians
Always so desperately vital
Just outside the crucial gates
Have now inevitable taken over
The commanding war criminal heights
The full spectrum dominance
The castle keep
From which they sally forth
Surround by Homeland Security
To solidify insider trader traitors
And harry and loot the once citizens
And drop the portcullis
On the refugees from the Forever War
As the robots patrol the border lands
And drone down hellfire globally
As they capture any keystroke of resistance
Escaped from gulag and black site
Surveillance continuous total
24/7 3651/4 per annum
Castle keep pan-opticon


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.