I went all the way up the slope
to stand on the very pinnacle
and look out on the great heaven
at the peaks around Gran Sasso
and God was peeking in the mist
so I went down to the abrupt abyss
curving around between the ravines
to see what waited for you and me
the Earth sliding down the hill
the volcanic almost meteoric
in its love affair with deep gravity
I felt all of us being pulled down
together again in this frail vision
of Earth and its vital innards all
completely engulfed by heaven
such swirling, frothing Heaven


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.