I flipped a paper helicopter
off the prospect of Grand Canyon
and the updraft pushed it up
twenty feet over the edge of the rim
where it hovered and then drifted
out over the chasm spinning wildly
on a long slow gradual descent
that took it out over that immense
deep open space with all its color
so vibrant as to be almost excruciating
as it slid down into that glorious vastness
yet still coming back to us on a crosswind
streaking back around from that oblivion
to arch around about another nearby
stone column while still turning and
turning like a whirling dervish demon
it shot out of sight to turn and turn
forever a spiral engine in my brain.


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.