Because, and just because it’s all in me
me too, too much to dam up forever now
I feel its roots growing branches of tree
reaching out arms embracing sky wow!

Because we all want to feel life goes on
even as obviously civilizations much less
empires like the one we all currently live in
always just end up as pathetic bloody mess

Because people really need and must be free
and can’t endlessly bow to knuckle under
and remain touchy-feely and so close to be
human, to live, to connect and to ponder

The mystery of life building blocks of stars
dust of this vast exploding cold ice box world
the glittering great bright way string of bars
marching across intra-inter states and hurled

By captured sunlight sequestered in deep Earth
through this Space now emptied for a new birth.


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.