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Two Poems by J.J. Campbell

Posted in J.J. Campbell with tags on February 28, 2019 by Scot

crashing upon me once again

i remember sitting at
the top of my stairs
listening to some
sad fucking songs

i’m sure the end
of the world was
crashing upon me
once again

it was the last
good cry i ever
had

almost thirty
fucking years
ago

they beat it out
of me when i
was young

you would think
the adult years
would have been
better than this
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as long as we celebrate our ignorance

it’s easier to hate than love

harmony is some mystical
thought only meant for
songs

it’s easier to teach a child
to be racist than have them
learn long division

and as long as we celebrate
our ignorance

we will never mind the
chains around our necks

or the electronics around
our ankles

attack ad after attack ad

and don’t worry

the cycle for the next
election starts in just
a few weeks

and we wonder why elected
officials never get anything
done

and i’m supposed to give
my last few pennies to
someone who doesn’t
need them

i forget what book of
the bible told me i’m
required

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in the pale moon light by J.J. Campbell

Posted in J.J. Campbell with tags on December 10, 2018 by Scot

an evening of
stilettos and
falsettos

demons laughing
in the pale moon
light

love dancing naked
while angels cry
the sweet loss of
any sense of reality

visions of an
old muse

laughing at what
misery you brought
into the world

her soft brown skin
in that hot summer
sun

there’s a lost beach
on the other side
of the world that
remembers that
evening

just four days before by J.J. Campbell

Posted in J.J. Campbell with tags on March 14, 2018 by Scot

they are closing
down the hospital
i was born in

that’s certainly
a way to make
me feel old

just four days
before another
birthday

they say it’s
to save money

instead of
saying the
truth

only the poor
use this hospital

and we’re not
in the business
of helping those
people

the children of today by J.J. Campbell

Posted in J.J. Campbell with tags on January 30, 2018 by Scot

i think of
the world
the children
of today are
going to take
over

i sleep
comfortable
knowing

i didn’t bring
any future
disappointed
souls into
this world

between sharing cigarettes and asking for money by J.J. Campbell

Posted in J.J. Campbell with tags on December 3, 2017 by Scot

 

a homeless
guy once told
me the easiest
way to cure
heartbreak
was to never
fall in love in
the first place

sound logic
from a man
married to a
new brown
paper bag
each and
every day

i told him
that wasn’t
practical
for myself

a relentless
romantic
doomed
from the
start

he laughed
and muttered
something about
a useless martyr

we all have
our battles
kid

choose the best
lover with the
weakest right
cross

just around the corner by J.J. Campbell

Posted in J.J. Campbell with tags on August 25, 2017 by Scot

 

lift
a glass
of
something
strong

and
remember
when that
beautiful
woman
used to
tell you
forever
was just
around
the corner

now imagine
what her life
is like out west
with her family

thousands of
miles away
from you

forever
is leaning
up against
the wall

begging
to be put
in your
mouth

humidity and hate by J.J. Campbell

Posted in J.J. Campbell with tags on March 8, 2017 by Scot

 

one storm after
another

summer in the
midwest

it’s all humidity
and hate

the rain supposedly
keeps the crime
rate down

i guess someone
going to commit
murder doesn’t
have time for an
umbrella

a poncho could
get in the way
of pulling a gun
quickly

and no one wants
their best hoodie
to feel like a wet
dog after a few
minutes in the
rain

there must be no
crime at all in the
pacific northwest