Consumer Conniptions

The president caught in his own conspiracy
to overthrow the government he’s supposed
to lead sends the super patriots screaming
up the Capitol steps to hang the vice pres
(they even chanted it … Hang Mike Pence!)
these the very ones been telling us Peace-niks
Love It or Leave It for the last fifty full years
USA USA like they really even called themselves
PATRIOTS as in get that other patriot up here
(to attack and batter the Capitol Police Officers)
and their intransigence on public health, masks
and vaccination has the entire holy moly country
caught in a 4th wave of evermore vicious viral infection
how can we ever untangle our long gone public health
from the privatized commercialization it has become
all this hell hole of spam calls and Ponzi schemes
and endless come ons to irresistibly structured scams
where we are a besieged as the domed Capitol building
bought up occupants paid for by cabals of billionaires.


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.