Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

 

our bodies are a machine

 

drink, drink

be sure to take your piss

your body will eliminate

all it finds unwanted—

 

memories, waste, love.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

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

want this poem in audible form? follow me on instagram: joseph_a_pinto

 

the memory of you

 

i pushed you out from my life

like i would a hard shit

 

thankless and necessary

 

somehow in the end, you still managed

to leave me walking in pain.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

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

want this poem in audible form? follow me on instagram: joseph_a_pinto

 

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

 

#tbt

 

bartender

 

her regrets overflow

more than her pours.

 

pleas for another round

drown out her own.

 

her pain as subtle

as the oak on my tongue.

 

merlot ruminations

stain the coasters.

 

she hopes i am blind

to the sediment in the glass.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars …

 

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

want this poem in audible form? follow me on instagram: joseph_a_pinto

 

am i clear

 

my words are not meant to romanticize you

 

but fuck you face first against the wall.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

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

want this poem in audible form? follow me on instagram: joseph_a_pinto

 

frankenme

 

you laid hands on me

sutures performed without care

of the human anatomy

a ragged combination

of nightmare and selfish ambition

the veins left coursing

while the heart stone still—

 

i loathe what i’ve become.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

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

want this poem in audible form? follow me on instagram: joseph_a_pinto

 

rest in peace

 

a man should die

with the proper dressing

atop his salad

 

bread and butter

in his basket.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

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

want this poem in audible form? follow me on instagram: joseph_a_pinto

 

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

 

#tbt

 

a matter of perception

 

the gloaming beckons

lullaby calling of persistence;

 

i long to soar in this purple half-light

rather be lost in the rouge of the setting sun.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars …

 

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

want this poem in audible form? follow me on instagram: joseph_a_pinto

 

animal

 

she keeps things caged in her eyes.

 

she’s got your sex written on

the finger she sucks at her lips

but you can’t have her.

 

those cold sweats leave you wondering

which side of the bars you’re really on.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

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

want this poem in audible form? follow me on instagram: joseph_a_pinto

 

counseling doesn’t help

 

not a single person

in my family

takes the time

chooses a moment

asks me

how i’m feeling

or who i

 

am.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

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

want this poem in audible form? follow me on instagram: joseph_a_pinto

 

 

father’s day

 

today i stand above the bones;

my own are restless

they strike like chimes when i walk

 

i am deaf to the chords.

 

today i stir above the bones;

my own are fractured

they grate like gears inside the clock

 

i have lost track of the time.

 

today i pray above the bones;

my own are mourning

they cry like gulls above the sea

 

endless as it is deep, this sea.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

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

want this poem in audible form? follow me on instagram: joseph_a_pinto