It was so obvious over a half century ago
that the modern age had gone oh, so mass
yet the mass did not ever seem to equal the
gravity of the sad situational pseudo-effect

There we were as usual normal permanently
adrift as they kept telling us in a telling way
you’ll never win you’re just a bunch of losers
no matter how clearly it was all unsustainable

But we’re at the other end of time again now
this universe of dark matter and dark energy
all that can’t be seen this determinant force
that creates bright blinding galaxy black hole

Spinning wheels of thermonuclear angel choirs
and holes in the deep dark gravitational matrix
oh, that will never happen they keep on saying
we’ve come to the other end of cosmic change

The old days are sure gone forever but revolution
once so seeming eminent in end of the last crisis
is now everyday the monuments that keep falling
mass movement gone global just grows and grows.


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.