Other Poems by:

J.J. Campbell

humbug

i live in a home, a community,

a state where the holidays are

treated as the most glorious time

of year

 

where the decorations and neon

seem fucking endless

 

where the town is revved up by

an appearance of santa

 

where all these fucks wet themselves

hoping for a white christmas

 

and as i shoveled away 18+ inches

on christmas eve morning

i hoped all of them were truly

fucking happy

 

i can only wish that a healthy

dose of dysfunction would be

stuffed into their stockings

 

a little reality to balance out all

that fucking joy


when insanity meets the evening news

another school shooting

 

a dying woman exploited 

for political gain

 

a wife will be beaten tonight 

over an unwise bet in a one 

point basketball game

 

and the cheap gas is 

selling at $2.15 a gallon

 

kids killing kids

on the corner of 

poverty entrenched

city streets

 

while the vacant houses 

are burned for fire 

fighting practice

 

i suppose the homeless 

will inherit the earth

after the rich are 

done with it

 

maybe

 

maybe not

 

sleep fast angels for the 

wars will never cease

 

and when the local kids 

come home in a box

the brainwashed loved 

ones smile and talk about

freedom, duty, love of country

 

tell that to your son 

who died because this

was his only way to 

a college education

 

don't look now, but since 

you don't believe in the

ever present conservative 

agenda, you're going to 

hell

 

for god has lent our government

the ability to pass judgment

 

who knew that oil, a rebel flag

and a hatred for the poor was

actually the stairway to heaven

 

oil spills, pissed away resources

mudslides and flood insurance

 

weapons of mass what? 

come again?

 

old men hoping to fuck 

young girls who turn out 

being detectives on the 

other end of the cyber line

 

and the neo-cons won't 

sleep until all of us raise 

our right hands, place it over 

our darkened, hardened hearts

and belt out the pledge of allegiance

 

and if this is the greatest 

country on earth i pray to 

whatever god that may be 

listening that there is life 

on other planets or in some 

galaxy the next ultra billionaire 

will want to fly to

 

pretty please

 

this can't be the 

pinnacle of existence

 

right?


god's running joke with me

got a nude picture 

in the mail today

from a married 

woman in california

 

figures

 

the taken ones that 

live thousands of 

miles away

want to fuck me

 

all part of god's 

running joke

with me called 

life


a long overdue drunken episode

i took a shit in the 

bathtub this evening

 

it's been that kind 

of fucking life

 

and some will say 

it's insanity

finally settling in

 

others will claim it's 

an overwhelming

defiant act of apathy

 

and i, the clown 

that shit in the tub, 

know it is neither

 

in my poetic reality

 

somehow my actions 

were tempting the 

hands of a lesser god 

who obviously has 

more important people 

to waste his time on

 

but in actual reality

 

it was simply a long 

overdue drunken 

episode with sadly, 

a less than desirable 

ending

 

no reason why actual 

reality should ever 

change its' shitty ways

 

right?


stuck in traffic

staring at the long haired 

beauty in the car next to me

 

dreaming about our lips 

meeting in a warm embrace

 

ripping off our clothes 

post haste

 

fucking out in the rain 

in a dark alley somewhere

 

passionate moans bouncing 

off fading brick walls

 

i open my eyes to notice

she's giving me the finger

 

now back to our regularly

scheduled programming


bio

J.J. Campbell (b. 1976) lives, writes and dies a little each day in Brookville, Ohio. He's been widely published over the last decade or so in the small press, most recently in Zygote in My Coffee, Trespass, Free Verse, The Blind Man's Rainbow and Underground Voices. J.J.'s latest chapbook, "feel my disease" was published by Scintillating Publications. You can contact J.J. via email at jcampb4593@aol.com

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