Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

‘role reversals’

 

strangers in a bar

are always kinder to me

than the people i know

for real.

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

Pour yourself my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ ready for consumption at:

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It’s time for the ‘What Pains You Project.’ I listen privately to your pain and write an anonymous poem dedicated to you…

 

‘you get what you pay for’

 

piece by piece

he deconstructed himself

starting with the roof

the timber, the floor

until he chiseled away

at the very foundation

that kept him rooted

to the ground.

reflecting back she realizes

he would have failed

whether steel beamed or

brick mortared;

a shack never meant

for the storms.

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

#whatpainsyouproject –

a poem for an anonymous reader and their pain…

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

Pour yourself my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ ready for consumption at:

Amazon paperback: goo.gl/31Zp1i

Amazon kindle ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079J536ZC

Barnes and Noble: goo.gl/SbKH26

UK Amazon paperback: goo.gl/4LcSxE

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‘open road’

 

you’re just one big open road

yet your face reads dead-end.

no amount of detouring

will ever bring you

back to the start.

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

Pour yourself my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ ready for consumption at:

Amazon paperback: goo.gl/31Zp1i

Amazon kindle ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079J536ZC

Barnes and Noble: goo.gl/SbKH26

UK Amazon paperback: goo.gl/4LcSxE

UK Amazon kindle ebook: goo.gl/wHsW14

 

‘bitter’

 

i despise you

for all the things

you never did with me.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

Pour yourself my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ ready for consumption at:

Amazon paperback: goo.gl/31Zp1i

Amazon kindle ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079J536ZC

Barnes and Noble: goo.gl/SbKH26

UK Amazon paperback: goo.gl/4LcSxE

UK Amazon kindle ebook: goo.gl/wHsW14

 

enjoy an excerpt from my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit’

 

‘the seat beside me’

 

sporting a black eye,

he tells me:

women are like booze

but you can’t get punched in the face

for sucking on the neck of a bourbon;

his voice slurs with decades of bad decisions;

his eyes swim like

confused fish in a dirty bowl.

i watch him drink

until those fish go belly-up

then order myself another scotch.

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

Pour yourself my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ ready for consumption at:

Amazon paperback: goo.gl/31Zp1i

Amazon kindle ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079J536ZC

Barnes and Noble: goo.gl/SbKH26

UK Amazon paperback: goo.gl/4LcSxE

UK Amazon kindle ebook: goo.gl/wHsW14

 

‘infidelities’
 
my gut is stuffed with infidelities.
i’ve never been faithful to myself
only the notion of rejecting my own lies.
 
#barflypoet
#josephapinto
 
© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.
 

Pour yourself my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ ready for consumption at:

Amazon paperback: goo.gl/31Zp1i

Amazon kindle ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079J536ZC

Barnes and Noble: goo.gl/SbKH26

UK Amazon paperback: goo.gl/4LcSxE

UK Amazon kindle ebook: goo.gl/wHsW14

It’s time for the ‘What Pains You Project.’ I listen privately to your pain and write an anonymous poem dedicated to you…

 

‘part of her wishes’

 

a handful of caterpillars

snug in the palm

she doesn’t clench her fist

until deep in the night

she’s alone.

 

alone—wishing she was

with him

on a day they could call

their own.

 

she has nothing.

no days. no cloudless skies.

 

she holds open her palm

wishing moon for sun

wishing he for him

 

closing her eyes she exhales

lost in metamorphosis.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

#whatpainsyouproject –

a poem for an anonymous reader and their pain…

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

Pour yourself my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ ready for consumption at:

Amazon paperback: goo.gl/31Zp1i

Amazon kindle ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079J536ZC

Barnes and Noble: goo.gl/SbKH26

UK Amazon paperback: goo.gl/4LcSxE

UK Amazon kindle ebook: goo.gl/wHsW14