Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction


from my collection A Distilled Spirit:


‘wings and a prayer’


i finish my hot wings

go to the bathroom

wet my hands;

there’s no soap

like so much else in my life

i start clean only to be left

a mess

i return to my seat

drink my scotch

with dirty fingers

wishing i had the just right amount of towels

to wipe my slate clean.




© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.


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7 thoughts on “wings and a prayer

  1. Nandita says:

    This is stunning in a tragic way. Loved it, Joseph!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you so much, Nandita! xo 🙂

      1. Nandita says:

        My pleasure! xo 😀

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