Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

 

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

 

#tbt

 

conundrum

 

the conundrum is not my place in this world,

you say

but my standing

 

so tired of the vacuum between myself and

anyone the universe delivers to me,

so tired of the ships that have sailed

their port.

 

the world spun round us;

the air no less muddled than before.

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

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my newest poetry collection ‘Scotch and Scars’ is now available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is also available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

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i’m entitled

 

the man asked

why do you look so worn?

 

money

my daughter’s future

my never-ending pain

my existence taken with a grain of salt

and i am so overlooked.

 

the man shrugged

your problems are no different from anyone else.

 

you motherfucker

can’t my worries be mine?

can’t even my grief

stand out in a crowd?

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my newest poetry collection ‘Scotch and Scars’ is now available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is also available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

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

 

catholic upbringings

 

lift your gaze to the steeple

your guilt lasts only long enough

until you run once more

from the reach of your almighty.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my newest poetry collection ‘Scotch and Scars’ is now available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is also available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

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

 

november in chicago

(thru the thick and thin)

 

and like the boughs we are stripped

of our flesh in a hurry of colors;

the north wind does not tolerate secrets

nor does it allow the preservation

of our dna under layers;

we have lost daylight savings losing

that savior of selves while our

own feet trample veins of what once we were—

born to seasons our deaths come by hours

and without interlocked fingers we are prey

to the gust and conditions

 

left cold

so cold.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my newest poetry collection ‘Scotch and Scars’ is now available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is also available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

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

 

don’t let them into your head

 

she took me apart

rearranged me

her creative interpretation;

 

i had never been left

more fucked up.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my newest poetry collection ‘Scotch and Scars’ is now available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is also available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

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

 

a poem for my daughter

 

altar

 

it’s the quiet way your grace shines through

that drops me to my knees

you, my altar

all the religion i need.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my newest poetry collection ‘Scotch and Scars’ is now available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is also available 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

 

entertained

 

you’re so cute
huddled in the corner
an intimate secret
for the world to see
fingers massaging flesh
masterful performances
judging by the way
the eyes roll
(my eyes roll)
i can’t help but think
you’re both as shallow
as the suds in your beers
but who am i to judge
i’ll massage my scotch
thank you very much
grateful you leave me
so entertained.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my newest poetry collection ‘Scotch and Scars’ is now available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is also available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

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

 

epidural

 

pain free in my spine

for the first time in years

 

what a strange existence

in which to wake

 

though my heart

and head

are no less vindicated.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my newest poetry collection ‘Scotch and Scars’ is now available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is also available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

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

 

 

banalities

 

repelled our lips turn unfamiliar
a thousand contradictions despite the smiles
an axiom birthed
reconstructed and blue;
warned we were of this indefinable
sense of decomposition
now here we are reduced to
simplified semblances of self.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my newest poetry collection ‘Scotch and Scars’ is now available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is also available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

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

 

 

beyond us

 

watch nature closely;
animals are far more compassionate
than humans could ever hope to be.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my newest poetry collection ‘Scotch and Scars’ is now available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is also available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

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