Pris Campbell

The problem is…

this woman you fell in love with,
the landlord’s black eyed daughter,
rose blood-red against her thick hair,
whose fingers moved in dreams,
perhaps planning her next painting
or recalling her last trail along your body
in those dark Mexican nights,
your hideaway, your haven,
the air filled with starlight and falling coconuts,
the ocean roaring seashells to your door,
this woman whose body now spreads
limp like a quilt across her bed,
whose bottom needs to be wiped,
mouth to be fed, body washed,
over and over, day after day,
until you forget Mexico, forget
the quickening of your heart
whenever you touched her,
now only wondering  if you’ll sleep
through the night, if your arms
will endure the emptiness
of her gradual fade.


24 Responses to “Pris Campbell”

  1. Thanks for the likes and response!

  2. one word…wow!

  3. Beautifully written, Pris – so heartbreaking, though.

  4. Glenn Tucker Says:

    Nice, poignant poem.
    –Glenn Tucker

  5. Mary and Susan, thank you!

  6. Beautiful, Pris. Oh my…

  7. Marilyn Barton Says:

    beautiful and sad, both. You do that so well, Pris.

  8. Great Poem Pris! a real love poem
    mine is a bit of a lie as i am still chasing it

  9. pjsenryu Says:


  10. Glenn, Nan, Susan, Mary.thank you. Bob, may your chase end soon!

  11. Curtis, I just saw your comment. Thank you so much.

  12. poignant write. thank you…

  13. When the reality of our humanity tests our love. A powerful and heartbreaking poem. Thank you.

  14. Winnie and Rosalienne, thank you for your comments.

  15. sad but nice poem, pris.

  16. James Owen Shepard Says:

    Most excellent write, Pris! Your Poet’s Voice sings out loud with this wonderful poem, my friend…!

  17. Al, yes, the situation that inspired it was/is quite sad. Thanks for commenting.

    James, such a nice comment. Thank you.

  18. Pris,

    Such a heartwarming and sorrowful poem – the details make it very powerful. Thank you for sharing Pris,

  19. Thank you so much , Judy!

  20. Great poem favorite part last line will endure the emptiness of her gradual fade

  21. Edgarcrider, thank you!

  22. Brilliant, Pris.

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