For Richie

Rather than looking out over the floor of Ye Olde Crypt Hall
the altar with its living ecology of 21st century new age symbols
in toy form now faces out from the back wall of the basement
storage room door open right there behind it between the wings
of the exits one to back alley the other to stairwell to the long hall
so cathedral in its painted ceiling of puffy clouds to the street
so we are sitting facing already turned in from outsides in theater
of contemporary time super hero psychics, just Jesus and Moses,
re-incarnated by the divine in alliance with psychic crime fighters
who together track down the gansta banksta and overturn their evil
orb (oh, just like Agent Orange Head and the war sword war dance
in Riyad) this electro-magnetic collusion cabal stealing from the good
to finance their own self-serving wars global evil all for the very few
none for the broad view only a super hero can possibly save us now
but it turns out even super heroes need coalitions, Jesus and Moses,
(re-incarnated too) and divine psychic super angels (the only ones
to get special capes) ah, yes incipient rainbow coalition (even Jesus
is a she, yes a woman) so we can’t help but laugh with glee (in midst
this crises) to see what so desperately needs happen, happen on stage
right before us evil orb overturned and banksta gangsta theft returned
oh, JUBILEE, oh, forgive us our debts as only we can forgive our debtors

                            TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND THE AMERICAN
                                                   WAY, yes the way
                                          Open Your Heart Labyrinth

 

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.