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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2018

the ghosts of murdered children

 

by J. J. Campbell

 

 

 

broken angels and lost souls

 

the ghosts of murdered children

marching the streets right before

dawn

 

all the factories have closed

 

their parking lots are full of

weeds and dirty needles

 

these small towns are allergic

to the future

 

no one wants to step out of

their little utopia

 

this is what happens when

you never open a book

 

venture to the wrong side

of the town

 

or spend any nights

drenched in reality

 

we’ll all be dead soon

 

just an endless nightmare

broadcast on the national

news

 

an epidemic makes the most

unlikely celebrities



J.J. Campbell (1976–?) is trapped in suburbia and plotting his escape. He's been widely published over the years, most recently at In Between Hangovers, Horror Sleaze Trash, Rusty Truck, Midnight Lane Boutique, and Synchronized Chaos. You can find him most days on his mildly entertaining blog, evil delights, (http://evildelights.blogspot.com).

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2018