Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

 

spinnin’ the greatest hits from the barflypoet yesterday and today!

 

#tbt

 

it hasn’t escaped her

 

sometimes she gets lost

in the cool shade beneath her trees

eclipsed in the tales of two men

one she wakes to every morn

the other still attached

an ethereal cord

from many years grown long.

 

she wouldn’t trade her life

for the lure of anything else

but on occasion

when her past crosses the sun

her soul gives a little shiver

her toes curl into

the velvety dew of her lawn.

 

#barflypoet

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

Poetry served to you raw and unedited from the moment crafted;

all poetry is older work and chosen at random unless otherwise noted.

 

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for the first time in maybe never, i’m sharing a poem that i just wrote (last night).

normally my writing sessions last several hours and i’ll kick out a ton of poems at a clip.

they’ll sit in my notebook until at some point i type and store them permanently into my hard drive

(and several external hard drives, in fact. one can never be too safe).

i only correct my poems on a grammatical level. what you read is exactly what i’ve written in its original draft.

but a friend on instagram tagged me 2 days ago about a writing prompt (something i never participate in)

and i thought ‘hey, can’t let them down.’

the prompt requires the choice of some key words. i chose ‘whiskey’ (of course) and ‘devils tears.’

hope you enjoy.

 

whiskey, and why did she go

 

this, shimmering and virginal,

is where you are found

reality implores, so you smooth

jesus from the label while

sucking vengefully at the viper

is it karma acted upon or

simply perspective from a duller view

your beaded smile rehearses a fatal calm

how attractive gods must be in slumber,

far from judging, an ancient quiet

screaming between your ears

and you are the perpetual joke

birthed from the machine

but you love…you, incapable of undermining

what the next passing second holds

devils’ tears wet your face tonight

while clairvoyance uncoils the tongue;

 

jesus keeps curling from under your fingertips

and he is flawed.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

Poetry served to you raw and unedited from the moment crafted

 

listen to this poem

 

Scotch and Scars’ and ‘A Distilled Spirit’ in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

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barometric

 

you’ve created all the pressure

inside your head, she told me.

 

meanwhile for years

i weathered her storms

eroded piece by piece

along my shore.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

Poetry served to you raw and unedited from the moment crafted;

all poetry is older work and chosen at random unless otherwise noted.

 

listen to this poem

 

Scotch and Scars’ and ‘A Distilled Spirit’ in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

subscribe to the audio barflypoet YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/y2stm5ms

 

how do i tell you

 

how do i tell you that i never meant to cause your ache

i never meant to rob the moon from your sky

and yet now i’m starless

far removed from any good i possessed.

 

how do i tell you the only good thing

is for you to stay away from me;

i’m worthless if i can’t make your eyes shine.

 

how do i tell you that my world has stopped turning without you;

there’s a huge difference between living and alive.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

Poetry served to you raw and unedited from the moment crafted;

all poetry is older work and chosen at random unless otherwise noted.

 

listen to this poem

 

Scotch and Scars’ and ‘A Distilled Spirit’ in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

subscribe to the audio barflypoet YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/y2stm5ms

 

 

spinnin’ the greatest hits from the barflypoet yesterday and today!

 

#tbt

 

dreaded dates

 

one more minute before midnight;

 

one more shot slammed back

my mourning carried over

to another long year.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

Poetry served to you raw and unedited from the moment crafted;

all poetry is older work and chosen at random unless otherwise noted.

 

listen to this poem

 

Scotch and Scars’ and ‘A Distilled Spirit’ in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

subscribe to the audio barflypoet YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/y2stm5ms

 

 

soulmate

 

i will die

with you in my heart

your name upon my tongue.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

Poetry served to you raw and unedited from the moment crafted;

all poetry is older work and chosen at random unless otherwise noted.

 

listen to this poem

 

Scotch and Scars’ and ‘A Distilled Spirit’ in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

subscribe to the audio barflypoet YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/y2stm5ms

 

excuse me, i was writing there

 

there is nothing worse

than someone inadvertently

stealing your chair

while you’re taking a piss

and the residue of their mojo

ruining your groove.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

Poetry served to you raw and unedited from the moment crafted;

all poetry is older work and chosen at random unless otherwise noted.

 

listen to this poem

 

Scotch and Scars’ and ‘A Distilled Spirit’ in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

subscribe to the audio barflypoet YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/y2stm5ms

 

ask yourself, what was the cost?

 

tonight there will be

no words

no tender crafting

of stanzas

tonight you have lost

all your magic;

tonight

 

you have lost.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

Poetry served to you raw and unedited from the moment crafted;

all poetry is older work and chosen at random unless otherwise noted.

 

listen to this poem

 

Scotch and Scars’ and ‘A Distilled Spirit’ in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

subscribe to the audio barflypoet YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/y2stm5ms

 

sepulcher

 

every glance

every breath

i dig you deep

 

deeper.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

Poetry served to you raw and unedited from the moment crafted;

all poetry is older work and chosen at random unless otherwise noted.

 

listen to this poem

 

Scotch and Scars’ and ‘A Distilled Spirit’ in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

subscribe to the audio barflypoet YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/y2stm5ms

 

the hand we are dealt

 

it is simply the hand we are dealt

that we must accept

so cry stand, you say.

 

no

hit me,

for i am tired of this stagnant state

hit me

and let the deck fall as it may

twenty-one ways to dying

can’t be all that bad.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

Poetry served to you raw and unedited from the moment crafted;

all poetry is older work and chosen at random unless otherwise noted.

 

listen to this poem

 

Scotch and Scars’ and ‘A Distilled Spirit’ in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

subscribe to the audio barflypoet YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/y2stm5ms