Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction


i went to visit my chiropractor today, i sat in the
waiting area, waiting patiently for my broken back
and broken neck to receive attention
a pull a tug a twist to all my broken parts and then I could say
‘aah, this is better, until tomorrow’

but i sat patiently and an old woman came out from the patient
rooms, she walked from the patient rooms as i sat patiently
she walked spryly for someone her age
complained about her home life to anyone who would listen
that would be four of us, including

myself, including another woman in a wheelchair
her legs broken and useless like my back is broken
and i am useless, but the old woman made it a point to
complain about her home life her husband her son
her mangy dog that ate too much food and again her
husband who took too much of her life

away, she complained about her body.
she looked at the other woman in the wheelchair and complained
about her body complained how one day she’d be in a
wheelchair and when the wheelchaired woman replied
‘i’ve been in this wheelchair for over 20 years’

the old woman (the complaining woman) replied
how she’d really need that wheelchair one day too.
the old woman (the complaining woman) looked at me but
i shifted my eyes to my lap as i sat waiting patiently
in my chiropractor’s waiting area

had i looked at her i would’ve told her
‘shut the fuck up’

~ Joseph A. Pinto

© Copyright 2015 Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.



    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Speaking the truth often cause an “ouch!” lol Thank you for reading, Sherrie! 🙂

  1. I think some people really need to hear it once in awhile. Sounds like she was one of them.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hi Satin! 🙂 Oh yes…some people need to hear it more than once in awhile lol Thank you for reading 🙂

  2. Yeah, an FU was definitely in order. Some people just don’t get how good they’ve got it and bitch about what is trivial to others who suffer much more… It’s a shame.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hi Nina 🙂 I certainly agree! 🙂

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you very much, Chrissy! 🙂

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