“They say” (just like Agent Orange Head) Gaza is a prison
but commercial colonized world really is outdoor prison

Where the walls are heaped bodies filling the outdoor prison
the cells are the way we accept the scale of this outdoor prison

As the justice criminal system simply completes this prison
waiting for all of us to turn around and diss this outdoor prison

No one is allowed to mention the brick and mortar prison(s)
Still going, still growing half century drug war is outdoor prison

All the occupations on the continents and over high sea prisons
Dark money-shadow bank-deep politic big biz is outdoor prison.


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.