Every student has something to teach.
Look closely and the wall will give you a lesson.
There’s an image in each stain and a symbol in every smear.
Whatever tries patience cries out for creation, and creation is just
                                                                     all over the place.

It’s the sun cascading through the winter wind, and the frozen Earth become
the halo around the vibrant moon, the big old cat found a new home,
the late middle ages finding what to do next, the vision
the process, something that never happened before
and never, ever will happen again and the fall
it always has been, cycles, patterns,
apocalypse and its end.


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.