Poetry from J.J. Campbell

 

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the road to oblivion
 
another drink on the road
to oblivion
 
all poetic souls are tortured
as much as they allow
themselves to be
 
most of us have a safe word
 
only the crazy ones go full
throttle into the torture and
find a way to enjoy it
 
i wear crazy as a sign of pride
 
a sign of blissful ignorance
to all the better ways to go
about it
 
sure, i will die early and
someone will bitch about
a wasted life
 
i just hope someone peels
back the layers of a poor
looking corpse
 
and realize all the marrow
was sucked out
 
just not the way you wanted
it to be
 
that doesn’t mean the existence
had any less meaning than your
sad fucking pathetic life

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a bob ross painting
 
looking out
the window
of the hospital
at something
that resembles
a bob ross
painting
 
happy little
trees and
puffy big
clouds off
in the
horizon
 
what those
paintings never
showed were
the kids down
on the corner
selling drugs
 
or the liquor
store being
robbed just
down the
street
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racing through your veins
 
imagine sitting in a
waiting room across
from the cousin that
molested you
 
do you think you
would remain calm?
 
or do you think the
urge to kill would
be racing through
your veins?
 
before you strike,
 
think of who has
bail money first
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why we grew to hate our fathers
 
welcome to
the shit show
 
all ego and
no talent
 
teaching the
kids the real
american way
 
cheat to win
and never ever
say sorry for
anything
 
rules are for
those sad fucks
that need them
 
be a rebel
 
the dangerous
fuck that every
woman secretly
wants
 
it’s not your
responsibility
to be tamed
 
that’s the job
of whatever
lucky soul
gets to clean
out your
underwear
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to the stunning black woman in the grocery store
 
sometimes
i’ll come
across a
woman
that simply
takes my
breath
away
 
one of
these days
i’ll actually
remember
to breathe
and say
something
 
anything
 
hopefully
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J.J. Campbell
51 Urban Ln.
Brookville, OH 45309-9277