Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

My little girl turns 5 years old today.  Where has the time gone?  My beautiful Athena blossoms every day.

I’ve said from the start that I hope my blog one day serves as her road map to learn about me.  My push to achieve is always with her in mind.

Happy birthday, sunshine.  This is for you:

Tender is a Cupcake

She is so much more

 than everything


this love

yet beyond my words

She is so much more

 than anything


her stature

yet bigger than my dreams

I protect

I guide

While somehow she teaches

and I learn

Holding hands

A smile

A giggle

A delicate kiss that lingers

within me


She is

my everything

She is

my anything

She is

my always

Tender is a cupcake

And she is sweet as can be.

© Copyright 2013 Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

38 thoughts on “Tender is a Cupcake

  1. mirabella says:

    Such sweet words…loved true. Please wish your beautiful baby girl birthday wishes from me… may she always hold the moon and stars within her grasp. Much love always, Bxxx

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you very much, Bells!! Moon and stars…yes, she’s the universe to me 🙂

  2. cherish her teeny stature, they are so beautiful at that age…

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Trust me, I do 🙂

  3. jaimiengle says:

    So sweet. They do grow so fast, it’s not right. My boys are 6 and 12, one going into middle school! Ugh!
    My uncle used to talk about us kids and look at our toddler pictures saying, “that person is dead.” I was horrified. Till I had my own. Now I get it.
    About your sweet beautiful girl, cause before you blink she’ll be a woman.
    Happy birthday, Athena!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you Jaimie!! 🙂

  4. I love the line “Teeny her stature yet bigger than my dreams”. Very nicely done Mr. Pinto and happy birthday wishes to your daughter!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Much appreciated, Jon!! Thank you! 🙂

  5. @JasonDarrick says:

    Just beautiful. Makes me think of my little girl.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you Jason!! 🙂

  6. A beautiful poem, Joe, touching and heartwarming. Happy Birthday to your daughter! May she be five in her heart forever… 🙂

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you, Nina! I appreciate your kindness! It’s very hard to put Athena’s sweetness into words 🙂

  7. Chatty Owl says:

    Happy birthday to your dear little princess once again!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you so much!! 🙂

  8. meredith gmitter says:

    What a beautiful poem!!! She is blessed to have a dad like you!!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you very much, Meredith! That’s very kind of you to say! 🙂

  9. gloria367 says:

    Happy Birthday to your sweet daughter, Athena. This is a beautiful poem. You are lucky to have her and she is lucky to have you. Cherish every moment for it goes by in the blink of an eye.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hi Gloria! 🙂 Thank you!! Trust me, I hold onto every moment to the point of white knuckles 🙂

  10. zkullis says:

    Exceptional and beautifully written

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Appreciate it, Zack! Thank you for taking the time to read 🙂

      1. zkullis says:

        No worries Joe. Great stuff.

  11. AR Neal says:

    Say nothing about the passage of time! My son graduated from high school yesterday…what is that about?! 🙂 Oh, I know…he’s getting old!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hi AR! 🙂 Congrats on your son’s graduation!! 🙂 lol Yeah right, we’d all like to think that time has stood still while everyone around us has caught up 😉 lol
      Thank you for reading 🙂

  12. Alex Chase says:

    A beautiful poem, made all the more so by the clear sincerity of your emotions. And a happy birthday to your daughter, too (even if I’m a little late)!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hey Alex! Thank you very much; I appreciate you taking the time to read and sharing my poem. Belated birthday wishes are always better than none at all! 🙂 Thank you again!

  13. So beautiful, and what a precious gift for her to be able to go back and read through your blog someday. Your love for your daughter really shines through here. Wishing you both the best of luck in all you do.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you so much, Adri!! I appreciate it! 🙂

  14. gabidaniels says:

    This is beautiful!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you very much, Gabi!! 🙂

  15. mari wells says:

    Beautiful, Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us Joe. Athena is one lucky little girl.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you very much, Mari! 🙂

  16. Reblogged this on Writings of a Mrs and commented:
    Beautiful! Such a lovely poem.
    I’m happy that I happened upon this today.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      I don’t know what to say about your kindness, other than a thousand, profuse thank you’s!!!! 🙂

  17. alexpapakon says:

    My best wishes !!!

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