Poetry from J.J. Campbell

Author J.J. Campbell White man with a large beard and a black tee shirt and eyeglasses stands in a bedroom with posters in the wall.
Author J.J. Campbell

gently on the shoulder

i found you naked

in my bed sleeping

so quiet and i snuggled

up next to you


kissed you gently

on the shoulder

and told you

i love you


i woke up alone


a note on the pillow

saying thanks, you

need to buy some

toilet paper


i laughed and then

realized what you

used that towel for
thirty some years ago

you ever remember

the time we kissed

under a bridge on

a rainy night thirty

some years ago


how all loneliness

left us


two souls determined

to take on the world


sharing cigarettes

at three in the



two weeks later


you would be gone

to some other place


i never saw the

world the same

in science class

earth shaking like never

before and some idiot

thinks it is the wrath

of god


and soon the sun will

give in to the moon

and some genius will

take it as a sign from

god to shoot up a school

or rob a few banks


it is pretty easy to see

who was actually paying

attention in science class

and who was busy

daydreaming about

a life they could

never ever achieve
slowly come to terms

tears race down

my face as i slowly

come to terms with

my inevitable demise


i've squeezed more

talent out of apathy

than is probably



be thankful they

allowed you to

go this far


most of your types

end up in institutions

or cemeteries


i have a modest

urn in mind


ashes to be spread

in the pacific ocean


lord knows i'll

never make it

there while alive
a proverbial box

shooting stars have

no wishes attached

to them


fear is a disease

that can trap any

soul in a proverbial



sometimes i think

it would be better

to burn the fucker

down than figure

a way out

J.J. Campbell (1976 - ?) is stuck in the suburbs, plotting his escape. He's been widely published over the years, most recently at The Beatnik Cowboy, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Black Coffee Review, The Asylum Floor and Horror Sleaze Trash. You can find him most days on his mildly entertaining blog, evil delights. (https://evildelights.blogspot.com)

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