I knew a guy from Ukraine, a small slight fellow
with very big glasses ready to fight communism
any-every where after his flight from the old USSR:
I could not even imagine how he got to Fort Knox
(of all places) repository of that pile of gold bricks
conspiracy theorists are sure has been secreted
out of the country replaced by painted lead fakes
just like the fake news AGENT ORANGE HEAD
keeps telling us about that is the biggest witch hunt
of all time as time runs out with the End of Time
telling us nothing else matters and even successful
impeachment will only decapitate the least capable
head of this multi-headed beast writhing in the hall
of mirrors with its very own echo chamber Phoenix
nesting on funeral pyre and the whole world already
on fire, the superstructure occupied territory flaming
in its own light transparent, we see the wholly holy moly
collaborating with them selves, arsonists of rule of law
one legal cover up hard after an other who slowly turns
up to the devastated wheel house of blind ambitious greed
and with riveting attention deficit precision whistle(s)
blows this unsinkable system tweet! tweet! tweet! and
president cum Corporate Caesar, Supremes such creeps
loyal opposition in full mode of system damage control
desperately limiting inquiry into what Agent Orange Head
did to Ukraine’s now president once played the role
as a comedian but never ever mention U.S. backed
coups that created the government being solicited
for personal political gain in form of a second term
for the one selected by the electoral college ancient
institution of Prince-Bishops and so here we are again
with the theocrats gnawing at the dominionist’s door
and 4 decades of policy based on the thesis that none
of it matters because climate change is caused by gays
and Jesus! will come back just before we kill our selves
with our own technology and I’m still there wondering
what happened to little Stryker my Ukrainean buddy
so eager to volunteer to fight so long, so very long ago.


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.