Inequality stiff whiskers sticking out every where
when I hear homeless shelter is closing no thought
as to where the unhoused will now go not knowing
in midst corona virus Covid 19 with this shut down
in which really no one knows what still remains open
as they start to say the whole country needs to shut
down, down, down goes the whole bleeding economy
just ready to burst those over-inflated so hot markets
and all we will be left with is our bleeding heart love
from so far away across this clearly delineated safe
social space now a distance between us and, yes, them
so very, very high with us so far beneath down here
in poverty land where the fault lines of global stand
uncovered, revealed and anti-concealed this apocalypse
of 50 years of failed policy trickling down to stare all
of us in the face as they yell “IT’S A TERRORIST ATTACK”
it’s over there except now it’s over here and up above
there’s this terrorist-in-chief just so just so unjust still
occupying that White House (still built by black people)
over and over let this anti-administration finally be over
let the people’s welfare finally just once get to win over
this hollowed out institutional sham shame horror show
doubled, tripled, quadrupled, even quin or sex-tupled
        down, down, down on the U.S. that is us


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.