You will want to do it again
& may have to do it again
so start now and get it all so out
of your & everyone else’s
way soon you will be wondering
why you ever even hesitated
since if there’s a minotaur it’s you
a maze of your own making
and you will find a way out
as it’s just lines on the poor
floor from which you can walk
away whenever you wish to choose
to do so enter the voluptuous
curved universe and leave the
shortest distance between two
points so far behind the vanishing
point, pointy headed attachment
to getting what we want exactly where
we want and when we want the PEACE
the love the understanding in the labyrinth
welcome, pilgrim to the city on the hill


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.