Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

A Final Toast with Death

I await you

My bravado more resolute than ever

This snifter in my hand unwavering

These drops of whiskey delivered faithfully to my lips.

So come to me, Sir Reaper

You whose work is never done

You’ve stolen a good man from this world

Left behind his only son.

I have no fear of you this day

Not while my veins run hot


A good man seeks retribution

His weapon his only son.

I await you

Be a gentleman and share this final whiskey

Drink with me, Sir Reaper

I’ve business with you yet done.

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

32 thoughts on “A Final Toast with Death

  1. Oh I do like this one Sir! Very much!
    Looking for the reblog button…….

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you so much!!!

  2. zkullis says:

    Those lines exude power and emotion, Joe.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      I think you know that from me now, Zack ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. mari wells says:

    This is so beautiful and touching. I love it.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you, Mari! Although I wish I had no need to write it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      1. mari wells says:

        I’m sorry you had to go through it too. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Hugs

      2. Joseph Pinto says:

        Thank you, Mari ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Thomas Brown says:

    Glorious, Joe. The poem sings. x

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thanks kindly, Tom! This was a tough one for me to write, for obvious reasons…

  5. Gordon Soutar says:

    Very good Joseph it’s a lament

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you for taking the time to read my poem, Gordon, I appreciate it greatly ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. poesravenlady says:

    Powerful! Evokes a resolute image of vengeance… nicely done!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you kindly, Ms Raven Lady ๐Ÿ™‚ Much appreciated!

      I only wish I had the vengeance I sought after writing this…

  7. mirabella says:

    Ciao love…very good..strong words. Always enjoy your writing Joey…wickedly talented love! Hugs, Bxxx

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you very much, Bells!! And I always appreciate your support!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. MarรญMar says:

    I am so sorry… I feel your words deeply…

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you so much for your kindness! ๐Ÿ™‚ Much appreciated!

      1. MarรญMar says:

        You are welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. gr8 to see you putting more words on your blog – excellent as always

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you, Leslie!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Damn the torpedos of Death, Joseph. I believe there is more yet to come when we pass from this world, that our essence continues the great quest to Know. I wish for you the courage of the Explorer as you take glimpses into those Worlds Unknowable to those who have yet to travel them. Your poem was beautiful.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hi Madison! Thank you so much, Madison!! (as well thank you for taking the time to read my poem) ๐Ÿ™‚

      I wrote this for my dad…as you can gather, it’s one part infused with an anger I can never quell, & one part anguish that can never be soothed. Either way, another poem I hope others can connect to & use as their own…

  11. jaimiengle says:

    oohhh. Pretty awesome concept. I really like this piece alot. Calling Death a coward takes a lot of balls. Sweet…

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you so much, Jaimie! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Well, last I checked, I do own a rather large brass pair of them lol ๐Ÿ˜›

  12. Thanks for the follow. I love your work and am about to subscribe to your blog!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Awesome!! Thank you very much!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Wow! Such power and emotion. I am sorry for your loss but within your words is strength, courage and the will to go on and face your own mortality. Your defiance in the face of death speaks volumes about the man your father left behind. He would be proud. โค

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hi Lisa ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you very much for taking the time to read ‘A Final Toast with Death.’ Yeah, this is me at my normal defiant self lol I just wish it didn’t need to be in the context that you read… I appreciate your kindness ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Maggie Mae says:

    “you’ve stolen a good man from this world
    Left behind his only son”

    I freakin LOVE this line!! Beautiful, Dark, Depressing, Aggressive piece and I love it!!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hey Maggie! Thank you very much! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you enjoyed it (just wish I never had to write it, however)

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