When the wing nuts (finally)
start using the movement memes
then we can know certainly
all they said was so impossible
and all that would “never happen”
is a done deal the deal makers
never intended but first fomented
and then spread and finally, yes
ever so finally is now just how
the world actually starts to work
even as the ever larger structure
society it self will not ever be
the same and whatever happens
will not be this object, this thing
nostalgic and suffocating and dead
in its pretensions that never existed
in the first place this giant act
of rejection of life its very self
they still go on pretending away
there is no Movement there is
no change just so desperate
for it all one thing to be over


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.