It was so obvious a half century ago
that the Modern Age had gone mass
and yet the mass could not equal the
gravity of the situational pseudo-effect

So there we were permanently adrift
how they kept telling us in telling way
you’ll never win you bunch of losers
no matter how so clearly unsustainable

But we’re at the other end of time now
a universe of dark matter and energy
all that can be seen determinant force
that creates bright galaxy and black hole

Spinning wheels of thermonuclear angels
and holes in our gravitational love matrix
oh, that will never happen they keep saying
but we’re at the other end of cosmic change

The old days are gone forever but revolution
once so seeming imminent in end of last crisis
is now everyday monuments falling down hard
and mass movement gone all so global grows.


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.