as if everyone mattered
as if everyone had enough to eat
as if everyone had a place to simply be
as if the people cared
as if all life depended on it
as if our time was eternity
as if the moment grew only once
as if creativity was the rule
as if we all really knew what to do
as if life was forever
as if time ws eternity
as if everyone really does matter
as if we do…


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.