Long Before

i lost my faith in

humanity long before

two planes hit

two towers

long before my father

put his hands around

my neck to see if he

could make my eyes

pop out of my head

long before my cousin

held me down in my

grandmother’s bathroom

and put her nipple in

my mouth and told me

to suck

long before a misplaced

injection forced an

emergency c-section

long before my father

went to vietnam to die

and failed

long before beethoven

lost his hearing

long before bukowski

found his favorite wine

long before kerouac

came running down

the mountain

long before the oldest

version of me was forced

to choke on whatever

they wanted to call god

J.J. Campbell (1976 - ?) is stuck in suburbia, wondering where all the lonely housewives are. He's been widely published over the years, most recently at Horror Sleaze Trash, Synchronized Chaos, Mad Swirl, Terror House Magazine and The Rye Whiskey Review. You can find him most days on his mildly entertaining blog, evil delights. (https://evildelights.blogspot.com)