Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

‘ghosts and casualties’

depthless sadness
constantly replenished
by the wine
unable to sate
the nauseous ache inside.

head of the table
supposed patriarch—
more an unknown soldier
lost somewhere between
the catacombs and war.

yes, go on and be merry
endless chatter carries on;

drift, drift as
glass to lips;
another toast to ghosts
and causalities
hearts brimming with crimson grapes.


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2 thoughts on “ghosts and casualties

  1. i really like this one. When read aloud, the sound devices make it so enjoyable! Nice, well-crafted piece! (supposed, unknown, soldier, catacombs)

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hi! 🙂 Thank you! This piece does actually go down smooth (like the wine I’d been drinking at the time…)

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