Poetry from J.J. Campbell

Middle aged white man with a beard standing in a bedroom with posters on the walls
J.J. Campbell
given the family history

i always get an eerie feeling

when a family member dies


especially out of the blue

or way too young


given the family history


i have started counting



smelling the flowers


embracing kindness

instead of despair


the end is coming up

over the horizon


borrowed time is about

ready to pay the bill


last call boys


make it memorable
high school glory only goes so far

making art out of

an awkward moment


laughing in the rain

because they have

laws against killing

the innocent


remembering when

you were the toast

of the town


but high school glory

only goes so far


comforting the dead


knowing damn well

you'll be joining that

club before too long
release the evil

the blood always

starts as a trickle


let it bleed


let it flow


release the evil


turn on some

music and make

it a ceremony


a sacrifice


although, that

is all life seems

to be anymore


revolutions come

and go like a thief

in the night


hope is a lost cause


happiness comes

with a price


love is something

someone invented

for greeting cards
all the way out here

a deafening silence


all the happy trees

have been cut down


that little bob ross

cabin in the woods

would be where he

would take his victims


they can't hear the

screams all the way

out here


he leaves them all

in the basement


a poorly dug hole


just enough light

to see the horrors


the bones


a bucket to shit in


all the lost souls

of women they

stopped looking

a winter coat

halloween tonight


chance of snow


i still haven't seen

a superhero ever

wear a winter coat


we stopped giving

out candy years ago


i wanted to pass out

little bottles of jack

daniels but that is

frowned upon by

the authorities here


they apparently are

unaware of all the

dysfunctional families

that exist

J.J. Campbell (1976 – ?) is old enough to know better. He’s been widely published over the years, most recently at Disturb the Universe Magazine, Horror Sleaze Trash, The Rye Whiskey Review, Carcinogenic Poetry and Lothlorien Poetry Journal. You can find him most days on his mildly entertaining blog, evil delights. (https://evildelights.blogspot.com)