Coronavirus magic illusion remover shows (not tells)
even as for whom the bell tolls becomes final question
to ask the president’s son-in-law why we’re the only
country failed to make a national plan (just as it came
out that people of color were disproportionately dying)
and now worst case scenario nothing works again so
the pund-rats and the think-thank-thunk tanks all want
to blame it all on old, old so very old Agent Orange Head
this toxic thing in the White House they failed again to do
anything about since he came down the escalator so long
almost 5 years ago this nightmare person the dog just ate
his tax returns and surrounded by deadly wrecking crew
so even the southern strategy repugnant party confederate
from the first GO on the Monopoly board have to so finally
say his people really did it all (and then went on to commit
every crime in the book) but then so what the system failed
the big awful He is going to be on the ballot anyway go out
and vote the crook on out in the middle of the pandemic
(postal service under assault) but vote the super callow fragile
racist sex abuser POTUS out-out-out-out, yes, vote the bum
but now we know the only thing the conservative movement
conserves is genocidal white supremacy while the demo-can’t
do nothing (about it) party small ball every equal opportunity
bunch of bully boys no wonder I can’t watch the T.V. politicians
                                       any more


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.