and then and then sweet then
after I’ve done the best design yet
oh, so carefully drawn in rainbow color
I will just have to stop, to stand
and bow to the four quarters
and start the walk to the entrance
Eiffel towers with this minimal weight shift
hip-lift slow motion acceleration
from immobility to shock move
and back to close to absolute immobility
oh, stillness gone silent to show the shamanic trip
to explore in detail the situational dimension
to be completely full in this precious moment
this journey to the very center and back out
all this great show in the direct sun shine
this, oh, so obvious day time thing
this old man out there one more time
this America where I live this culture
and this community in spite of decades
of decadence the commercial republic
the selling (and buying) of all the land
here in the counter culture beyond
discontent, in-content, un-content
oh, what content twisting, twisting
between the lines you can’t get lost
no you can’t get lost in the design
if you just stay between the lines


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.