Burning the Nail Poetry Challenge – Poet: Jamie Campbell

Welcome, one and all, to a challenge catered to inspire the poet’s heart in each of us.  A poem, any length and style, to be written about the chosen theme: Burning the Nail. So, what the heck does that mean? That is where the fun begins.Red hot nails

 

Thank you everyone that participated in our poetry challenge.  The submissions were amazingly diverse and deep, taking our theme in so many different ways. We are in awe of all of you.  We thought that perhaps it was time to give everyone a peek behind the curtain and tell you the story behind BURNING THE NAIL.  So, what does it actually mean? We have no idea.  Sheila’s youngest child came up with it.  It was a favorite lyric substitution to many different songs from lullabies to heavy metal.

“I think I heard it sung for a least a week straight, both whispered quietly while playing to singing loudly with the radio in the car.  The more I heard it, the more it called to me.  What could this really mean? ”

So, now you know the truth. The words of a child; molded and shaped into a series of incredible works of poetry.  Isn’t it amazing what such a simple phrase can be transformed into?

Eternally Grateful,

Sheila Hall and Robert Zimmermann 

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Bittersweet heartbreak
by Jamie Campbell

I have my hands at the altar,
Forgive me Father O’ Father.
Don’t you understand that I’m somebody’s daughter?
I bet you’re thinking that somebody should have taught her.
I have no concept of right and wrong,
That’s why I’ve been on this path for so so long.
The pain and the whiskey were calling my name,
I wish I had a reason for why I behave this way.
But we all know it’s because of a bittersweet heartbreak,
That I want so badly to escape,
It’s killing me, this bittersweet heartbreak.

The scorching of burning nails being pounded through my chest,
Would feel so much better than this.
The pills were so easy to swallow
But they left my heart feelin’ even more hollow.
That’s why I’m here today at this altar,
Asking for help and forgiveness Father.

I turned to everything to escape the burning pain,
Not speaking about you, so that’d I’d forget your name.
It slowly gnaws at my bones and picks at my flesh,
It feels like years, and I haven’t forgotten you yet.
Do you ever look back on that day with endless regrets?
Wondering what could have happened if you hadn’t have left.

The pain and the whiskey were calling my name,
I wish I had a reason for why I behave this way.
But we all know it’s because of a bittersweet heartbreak,
That I want so badly to escape,
It’s killing me, this bittersweet heartbreak.Break image

Jamie Campbell

I’m a Public Relations student at Mount Royal University with a strong interest in writing. My main interest is writing songs because I dream of becoming a lyricist in the future. To me, becoming a lyricist would allow me to share my story through my favorite thing, music. I want my lyrics to connect to people, to help somebody through a bad day, and to show people that whatever they’re struggling with, they aren’t alone in it.

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