The poetry of J.J. Campbell

an inner circle of one

my father told me he
married my mother
because he needed
someone to knock
the shit out of his
underwear

anytime i feel good
about myself i’m
reminded of that
statement

how he wasn’t
joking

and that’s the piece
of shit i came from

my friends think
anytime i talk about
suicide i’m never
doing it seriously

there’s two of them
that do understand the
pain these desperate
thoughts are coming
from

those two haven’t
spoke to me in years

an inner circle of one
isn’t meant for the
long haul

and one of these
nights i’ll find the
crossroads

and see if anyone
understands what
mercy really means

 

 

in the darkness

when someone tells
me i look horrible

i know i’m doing
fine

i have never lived
on the sunny side
of anything

they say flowers
can’t grow in the
darkness

i never liked those
kind of flowers
anyway


J.J. Campbell (1976 – ?) is currently trapped in the suburbs of Ohio. He’s been widely published over the years, most recently at Pyrokinection, Midnight Lane Boutique, Synchronized Chaos, Duane’s PoeTree and Record Magazine. You can find him most days on his mildly entertaining blog, evil delights. (http://evildelights.blogspot.com)

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