One thing you can know for sure
if the “right” people really wanted
him out Agent Orange Head would
have been long gone way before all
that pandemic death and destruction
the tens of millions of unemployed
the tens of millions facing eviction
stock market setting that new record
huge groaning bubble bought paid for
by trillions of zombie stocks and bonds
paid for in computer punch key created
dollars, dollars, oh, dollars everywhere
all through their precious perfect markets
while the people sit in long auto food lines
and have no idea how they’re going to pay
the rent to those that hold all of that debt


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.