Untitled, acrylic on panel, by Zdzisław Beksiński, 1984.

blue ribbons

wake up
in a dreary
nuclear
afterworld

another
murder

another
drug bust

another
child left
to suffer

you were
promised
utopia

a world
of unicorns
and blue
ribbons

now you’ll
finally see
the reality
your parents
were scared
of

*
such luck

dance with fire
once and don’t
get burned

how soon do
you test such
luck

she’s a lady
that needs to
be stroked but
never abused

and you’re just
another drunk
pretending to
be a man

quite the recipe
for a mistake
bound to make
the evening
news

carriage.2

J.J. Campbell was raised by wolves and is currently trapped in suburbia. He’s been widely published over the years, most recently at In Between Hangovers, Pink Litter, Horror Sleaze Trash, Your One Phone Call and Synchronized Chaos. You can find J.J. most days on his highly entertaining blog, Evil Delights.