Poetry from J.J. Campbell

Middle aged guy with a big beard standing in a bedroom
J.J. Campbell
little chance
hushed laughter
a quiet embrace
between two old
i try not to look
jealousy is a
horrible byproduct
of being a human
it becomes even
worse when you
know there is little
chance of change
ever coming along
put our differences aside
my father died before
i hit my forties
we never had those
years where we had
put our differences
aside and had a drink
in a bar
instead, i'm up at night
reading medical records
of a man that was crazy
and the new family that
drained all the money
he had
part of me thinks that
was mine
part of me knows
i wouldn't fucking
want it
he'll never be anything
more than the fucker
who tried to kill me
and failed
tried to kill himself
and failed
tried to bring the
rest of his world
down and succeeded
thankfully, i wasn't
a part of his world
for the last twenty
years of his life
downing spoonsful of shit
the ignorant want to lead
just as much as the blind
think they can see
the rest of us are
stuck in the void
downing spoonsful of shit
because someone wearing
a white coat said it was
good for you
i never listened to them
i drink a bottle of liquor
every couple of days
my doctor thinks i'll die
i told him i'll make sure
to tell his replacement
about that
my mother
was telling me
everything she
wants me to
change in
my life
and ended
the one-sided
with your life
isn't over yet
i mentioned
i liked what
she ended the
last sentence
one word that
has a limitless
supply of
but still that
genuine human
quality of
open a window and fall back asleep
one of these mornings
where you'd love to
open a window and
fall back asleep
it's an open field
with trees starting
to change colors
the powers that be
will decide a few
homes or a new
business would
look better
you miss just how
quiet the old farm
would get at sunset
not everyone is
frightened by
their thoughts

J.J. Campbell (1976 – ?) is old enough to know better. He’s been widely published over the last quarter century, most recently at Horror Sleaze Trash, Cajun Mutt Press, Terror House Magazine, Jellyfish Whispers and The Beatnik Cowboy. You can find him most days on his mildly entertaining blog, evil delights. (https://evildelights.blogspot.com)

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