Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction


I thought you would follow, but the willow reed swallowed me whole
At least that’s the excuse you sold…
I’d been too busy tightening bolts
Preparing for traffic that would never come.
On the opposite end of nothing now
I’ve teetered upon this sharp edge far too long
Waiting for that willow reed to part
A path once cut through it; I suppose now it’s gone
Should my bridge someday be crossed
Unlike that lost, forgotten route
I’ll keep to tightening bolts, even if my hands get torn
The willow reed once led the way, at least
So you’d sworn.

(first appeared in Damned Words 2

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

Image Ā© Copyright Dark Angel Photography. All Rights Reserved.


6 thoughts on “Sworn

  1. Warden says:

    Seems like there’s a lot of truth and emotion in this piece. Hard to do with so little words. I really enjoyed reading it.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you very much! I appreciate you taking the time to read it

  2. marcus says:

    great poem Sir Joseph,
    message is loud and clear,
    “that, forgotten route…once led the way…so you’d sworn”
    my fav part…HATFM ((Awhoooo))

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you, Sir Marcus – your support is always appreciated! šŸ™‚

  3. Still just as lovely… šŸ™‚

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you very much, Nina šŸ™‚

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