Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction


It’s time for the ‘What Pains You Project.’ I listen privately to your pain and write an anonymous poem dedicated to you…


‘a matter of perception’


master to none

he feels the wind

beneath featherless wings;

rooted to the ground.


he regrets nothing

staring into the faces

of his smiling kids—


they don’t see

his unrealized aspirations;

only dad.





#whatpainsyouproject –

a poem for an anonymous reader and their pain…


© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.


Knock back my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ ready for consumption at:

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2 thoughts on “a matter of perception

  1. tara caribou says:

    Wow. This is really really good.

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