J.J. Campbell

sticky fingers

it’s always some old song
that makes me think about 
a lover from a quarter
century ago
 
something about those curves
and the way my tongue danced
around them that brings me
back to these empty pages
 
how those four-hour phone 
calls would always end with
sticky fingers
 
and the rare evenings we got
to spend together, laughing,
talking in bed, us against
the world
 
at least for a few months
 
i was too immature and you
were never certain i would be
the right influence for your son
 
and for an immature fucker
i understood what you meant
 
i’m sure your life turned out
how you wanted it to
 
you found the one you didn’t
have to settle for
 
yes, i remember that painful
conversation and the ramifications
it had for me to this very day
 
i could say i’m still searching
 
or i could say the truth and
throw my hands in the air
and admit defeat

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