Some thing
building, developing
at this late stage
who would have thought
such a thing could happen
coming out of nowhere when everything is telling us
you should just go away
stay in your corner
and instead characteristically
you do the complete opposite
wandering in digital daze land
concrete head of analogue band
width of intrinsic muscle and
bone of the deer trail path
to the sacred center of the well
of the heart of the peninsula
somehow its always right there
I find it I’m drawn to it
and a design forms life
goes on I do meet new
people who do blossom
it’s providence
it’s the way
it’s the Christ


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.