Oh, that hoary, hairy Captain Comb Over
corporate reality show business con man
we’ve been getting the business so long
long before the Four Horsemen became see
who knows maybe the Five Horsemen that
ride through the red gates of hell for those
neo-classical Supremes columns looking on
down on all of us they know who they work for
political hacks the great ruling class thumb
on the scales of justice where they can do
anything and we can’t do one tiny little thing
about it and we’ve been to this movie before
Dred Scott and Plessy versus Ferguson and
here it is again and again and again corporate
cabal to create an unlivable world and there
they are black dots of flies on all that white
hair and pesky winged evil on orange comb over.


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.