Poetry from J.J. Campbell

Middle aged white man with a beard standing in a bedroom with posters on the walls
J.J. Campbell
gets longer each year

another year

another birthday


another shot at

being oblivious


but every scar

tells a story that

gets longer each



some think i am

getting better


some wonder why

i'm still here


death and i dance

a few times each

week it seems


the closer we get

the harder it is to

let go


those piercing eyes

melt me every damn



one night, we'll close

this bar down and put

on a show in the

parking lot


two drunks madly

in love
on a wednesday in january

another morning

spent in a rehab



third time this



yet another


of not dying

longer to mature

she doesn't laugh

at my dirty jokes


i remind her that

males often take

longer to mature


she gives me the



i believe that

means she's

quickly running

out of patience


if i have learned

anything over

all my years


it's when to just

shut the fuck up
the phone sex buddy

i think of those three

in the morning phone



whispers of passion

while hoping not to

wake up anyone in

the house


there's a certain

joy hearing a woman

scream at something

your imagination

was able to create


it would be even

more amazing if

she thought you

were capable of

doing anything



hell is falling in

love with the phone

sex buddy that never

ever thinks of meeting


or giving you the time

of day if you happen

to stumble into each

other on the streets of

any random big city

on the east coast
followed by thunderstorms

spring in ohio is usually

a couple inches of snow

followed by thunderstorms


a few stories of murder

bank robberies and you

can't go a day without

someone abusing a child


i'd like to think we are special


but it's most likely our shit

stinks just like everyone else

J.J. Campbell (1976 - ?) is old enough to know better. He's been widely published over the years, most recently at Horror Sleaze Trash, The Beatnik Cowboy, The Asylum Floor, Misfit Magazine and Disturb the Universe Magazine. You can find him most days on his mildly entertaining blog, evil delights. 

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