Poetry from J.J. Campbell

an unforgiving ocean of doubt
 
a tender note left
for your lonely
eyes
only to be swept
away by the wind
like most of your
dreams
lost in an
unforgiving
ocean of
doubt
struggling to
find something
or someone that
is real
empty another
bottle and pretend
that is the lord at
the bottom of it
when was the last
time something
other than cash
brought you what
you needed

—————————————————————–
in the way of dreams
 
snowflakes in the
air and your lovely
eyes on the other
side of the world
we used to joke
about this being
our snow globe
and one day we
were going to
shake it up
better than
anyone before
us
time tends to
get in the way
of dreams
i never expected
your heart to fall
for someone else
i know, that’s
my problem
but i don’t believe
our final goodbye
should be at a gas
station in the middle
of nowhere
this script calls for
a diner, cheap coffee
ragged clothes and
a box of hope
—————————————————————
being at ease with myself
 
haunting eyes
and
a mesmerizing
essence grace
the lonely soul
in front of me
at the grocery
store
this is when
i wish i was
good at this
small talk
compliments
being at ease
with myself
but awkward
is supposed to
be cool right
failure will
make you
quickly
understand
that weird is
only cool on
the coasts and
a town in texas
——————————————————————–
these scars can tell a story
 
all my
heroes
are dead
or dying
i look in
the mirror
and know
i’m doing
everything
i fucking
can
to join
them
———————————————————————–
starved and abandoned
 
the mind likes to
play tricks when
ravaged with
disease
even little boys
need to have
fun
especially when
they have been
repressed for
years
starved and
abandoned
scream
your brilliance
at the full moon
like the wolf
you always
wanted to
be
are you
seeking
revenge
or
equality
never hesitate
when laughing
at pain
J.J. Campbell (1976 – ?) was raised by wolves and is currently trapped in suburbia. He’s been widely published over the years, most recently at In Between Hangovers, Pink Litter, Horror Sleaze Trash, Tuck Magazine and Your One Phone Call. His latest chapbook, Consequences No Longer Matter, was included in the Punk Chapbook Series 2016 (Epic Rites Press). You can find J.J. most days bitching about something on his wildly entertaining blog, evil delights. (http://evildelights.blogspot.com)

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