Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

 

‘discoveries of the unknown’

 

you’re dead to me

the air you breathe stale

corrupted

you’re not who i once knew

someone i don’t wish to discover

anymore.

 

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‘another’

 

another night of haunting

another night of listening

to the hands strike the clock.

 

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‘a poem for my daughter (someday to read)’

 

maybe someday you’ll recall how sentimental

i used to get but i couldn’t help it, especially

knowing your hand wouldn’t be quite as small

in my own anymore.  maybe you’ll remember the

 

nights i read to you, and i did my best to make

all your books come alive.  you thought i used magic—

it was only because your subtle grace

 

allowed me to build your kingdom in the sky.  forever

my sweet little princess—

you left me bowing at your feet, wrapped around

your fingers and toes and you knew it.

 

it seems like yesterday that we lay, head to head

upon your pillow.  you’d ask if your room would

grow dark soon as we watched dusk brush soft hues

across the walls;

 

i was always lost inside your inner sun

blinded by your beautiful.

 

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‘egg whites, veggies on a whole wheat wrap’

 

i had an epiphany

the morning i ordered breakfast

in that old deli and grill

listening to the mumbled tune

high up upon the shelf

from that static crusted radio.

i realized i understood

everything that was sung

each word every chord

while not one person in my life

has deciphered my signal

quite clearly cried out at all.

 

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‘mirror, mirror’

 

you left your face home.

what stares back now

is divided by cracks

and all the sighs in the world

cannot fuse it back together.

 

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‘young love’

 

to die a thousand youthful deaths

silk grazed innocence

soaked by fingertips

without cognizance of time;

the seasons give no quarter.

should we all be so blessed

upon the stage of our darkest hour

to recall gilded promises

before the frost crushes them all.

 

#barflypoet

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

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