I saw the combined anti-masker anti-vaccine
end the Covid-restriction MAGA Death Cult
marching from the State House down Park St.
after their rally inadvertently (I think) on & on
MAY DAY! MAY DAY! one of them actually
says “Covid is just the flu” still after all these
DEATHS literally ten times as many now gone
as ever died in any one year of the many flu’s
and yet Covid because of them and the de-Nile
will be like the flu new annual version mutated
in far populations, age cohorts, distant places
earthly corners coming around again every year
of will there be enough of a vaccine that works
or will this be the year that mass death rules again
and the crazy part of this is that I personally know
some of these folks and have been talking to them
about these very issues all to absolutely no avail
for so long I’m left not knowing what to say to them
relationships fractured connection severed words


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.