Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

 

‘strip’

 

let the impressions

ringing your neck

serve as a reminder

i own you

you are mine

to take

to ravish;

i will strip your mind

of pretense

quicker than your clothes.

 

#barflypoet

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

…poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

Knock back my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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‘why won’t you leave him already’

 

i want to ask

how you’re doing

i want to ask

what plans you have for the day

but we’re separated by vows

of unconscionable defiance

in the face of what is meant to be

while what truly is

binds us in compliance;

you’re with him

an itinerary of scheduled events

which hold no merit

other than crushing my hours

spent awaiting this nightmare to end.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

…poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

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‘a train’

 

same time

same track

same station

grit on the window

only blurs her perception

of the city.

 

in her head she’s gone

riding clouds

for time zones

she’ll never set

an alarm to.

 

#barflypoet

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

…poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

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‘being truthful’

 

with fingers she traced

i will not love you

upon my skin.

 

#barflypoet

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

…all poems handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

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‘facebook junkie’

 

please, please

suffer through like the rest;

do not publicize

your every ailment

seeking to pluck

the violin strings.

 

your song is grating

no grander than anything

or anyone else.

 

#barflypoet

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

…poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

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‘different kind of love’

 

crude,

self-serving,

graceless,

inflammatory,

grating,

crass,

ignorant,

belittling,

foulmouthed,

disloyal,

righteous,

narcissistic,

bitch of a whore.

good god, i’ve never loved anyone like you.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

…poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

Knock back my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

‘coat of arms’

 

castle long crumbled

the jesters now rule

no longer are you

spoken upon tongues

banished from all things

they all alone deem worthy

you exist only to chase

the long promise of shadows

cast by the sun.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

…poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

Knock back my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.