Poetry from J.J. Campbell

J.J. Campbell
the eyes of jumpsuit elvis
you can see the road
glisten with the rain
through the cheap
you swear the last
ten years of your
life have been lived
with one foot stuck
in the fucking grave
a woman once told
me i had the eyes
of jumpsuit elvis
i laughed hard
and whispered that
means i'm still the
fucking king baby
she didn't take that
as i was hoping she
that fine line of
arrogance and
confidence has
been tripped over
by many drunk
and this isn't the
first night i have
worn cheap alcohol
that's why you never
wear the good flannel
in a place like this
reminding the clueless
there's his old
all the blood and
sweat of a genius
soaked into that
old wood
strings nothing
but rust now
the demons walk
these streets at
night reminding
the clueless what
this place used to
some people
nostalgia by
the spoon
others prefer
a damn shovel
the lost souls like
to go down to the
river and see which
brave fucker can
make it across
they have pulled
up three bodies
so far this week
one of the youngest ones here
the smell
of ointment
and decay
must be
in the
my mother
is one of the
ones here
these other
ones are
hanging on
because no
one ever told
them it's okay
to fucking die
the one thing
i can guarantee
i will not be
one of those
avoid any and all mirrors
snow in the
middle of
arthritis has
me on the
brink of
death is a
much better
the i love
yous are few
and far between
these days
embrace the
pain and avoid
any and all
that man has
lost all hope
from these suburbs
thoughts of murder
dance in the lost
souls of children
way too young to
know what it truly
means to lose
but it's way too
comfortable from
these suburbs
to think anyone
understands life
on the streets like
the ones trapped
in that fucking

J.J. Campbell (1976 – ?) is stuck in the suburbs, plotting his escape. He’s been widely published over the years, most recently at Horror Sleaze Trash, The Black Shamrock, The Beatnik Cowboy, The Rye Whiskey Review and Yellow Mama. You can find him most days on his mildly entertaining blog, evil delights. (https://evildelights.blogspot.com)

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