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Art by Patty Mulligan 2017

failures with past lovers

 

by J.J. Campbell

 

 

sometimes i fall asleep

by talking to myself

 

it’s usually about all my

failures with past lovers

 

i do this hoping that in

my dreams those lovers

come back to me

 

that never happens

 

but like any crazy

person, i keep trying

 

the romantic in me

still imagines the day

the love of my life

laughs with me in

the rain as we

frantically kiss

under darkening

skies

 

the defeated monster

in me pictures sitting

in the rain alone,

trying to hear music

that doesn’t exist

 

my soul does nothing

but laugh

 

wondering how he can

manage to drown in just

an inch of water

 

 

 

J.J. Campbell (1976 –?) comes from a long line of assholes. He's been widely published over the years, most recently at Duane's PoeTree, Midnight Lane Boutique, ZYX, In Between Hangovers, and Synchronized Chaos. You can find him most days botching about something on his highly entertaining blog, evil delights. (http://evildelights.blogspot.com)

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2017