Saturday, August 13, 2022

Three Poems by J.J. Campbell


avoid the punches


nothing goes

as planned


there isn’t

a reason we

should even

have a schedule


roll out of bed

and just start

trying to avoid

the punches


bills, endless

assholes calling

on the phone


arthritis so damn

bad that heroin is

the most viable



and they tell me

death shouldn’t

be looked at as



these young souls

have no clue what’s

coming for them



but every blue moon


the strangers

don’t understand

any hatred of life


but every blue

moon I come

across someone

who understands

depravity, despair

and hopelessness


but sadly


two depressed

souls don’t make

a happy life


it’s a race to the

death and neither

of us are lucky

enough to win



more than anything left on this earth


a random text at

two in the morning


to the woman that

swears she loves you

more than anything

left on this earth


yet, you haven’t heard

anything from her in

over a month


and it is always that

first feeling that something

more than self-hatred could

actually exist for you on

this earth


and then comes a right

cross out of nowhere


knocking the inevitable

dark reality back into



not everyone gets the girl


rainbows don’t have pots

of gold


hell, they don’t even have

a beginning or an end


happiness is a concept

only meant for a higher

tax bracket


your father always told you

you’d be a better ditch digger

than a poet


yet another bottle of scotch

nearly gone





J.J. Campbell (1976 - ?) is old enough to know where the bodies are buried.  He’s been widely published over the years, most recently at Synchronized Chaos, Otoliths, Cajun Mutt Press, Terror House Magazine, and The Beatnik Cowboy.  You can find him most days on his mildly entertaining blog, evil delights. (





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