Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction


heart crushing truth


i do not want to die.


i thought i was a man

but when my father spoke those words

i did not feel a man at all.


i became again a wide-eyed six-year-old

who believed god was magic and

life remained the same waking in the morn

as the night before closing lids to it.


i wonder to this day

if only i had stayed asleep

might my father still be alive.




© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars …


my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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3 thoughts on “heart crushing truth

  1. Wow, incredible poetry.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      i appreciate it xoxo

      1. You’re very welcome

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