what happens when
you lie to your children
— a poem by J.J. Campbell

what happens when 
you lie to your children

i never had
any problems
saying goodbye

it was always
hello that made
me sweat and
feel more
awkward than
i already am

i was told when
i was younger
that i would
get over that

as i sit back
and reflect i
wonder if any
adult ever told
me the truth as
i was growing

perhaps i'm the
poster for what
happens when
you lie to your

hope can only
carry anyone
so far

J.J. Campbell (1976 - ?) is currently trapped in suburbia. He's been widely published over the years, most recently at In Between HangoversTuck MagazineYour One Phone CallRusty Truck and Misfit Magazine. You can find J.J. most days bitching about something on his highly entertaining blog, evil delights.