Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction


I share the pain of another…


within her aphotic stillness
a stage clumsy in its creation
awaiting hands to tear it down
yet her fingers pluck always
twine shadows of remembrance
no final lines or curtain calls
only manipulated limbs;
lips belonging to another’s voice.


#whatpainsyouproject –
a poem for an anonymous reader and their pain…

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar’ now ready for consumption at:

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11 thoughts on “marionette

  1. Beautifully written. Those last three lines are absolutely perfect.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you brother! I appreciate that very much!

    2. Joseph Pinto says:

      I hate to ask this (and I don’t know if you do it), but would you ever consider having me on your blog for a little interview, etc? I can give you my email address if you wish to discuss further. Or even for yourself on my own.

      1. Who interview’s who? I have never done anything like that.

      2. Joseph Pinto says:

        Well if you read my book, you could interview me (I know how horrible that sounds lol). But if you’ve never done such a thing, it’s all good! 🙂

      3. Give me some time. I just returned to blogging after a year and a half absence.

      4. Joseph Pinto says:

        Don’t worry about it. The mere fact you read my work means the world to me, my friend!

      5. It’s a pleasure to follow you. Love the way you post work work beside a drink

      6. Joseph Pinto says:

        Thank you! I guess my branding is working, then lol

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