Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction


for the first time in maybe never, i’m sharing a poem that i just wrote (last night).

normally my writing sessions last several hours and i’ll kick out a ton of poems at a clip.

they’ll sit in my notebook until at some point i type and store them permanently into my hard drive

(and several external hard drives, in fact. one can never be too safe).

i only correct my poems on a grammatical level. what you read is exactly what i’ve written in its original draft.

but a friend on instagram tagged me 2 days ago about a writing prompt (something i never participate in)

and i thought ‘hey, can’t let them down.’

the prompt requires the choice of some key words. i chose ‘whiskey’ (of course) and ‘devils tears.’

hope you enjoy.


whiskey, and why did she go


this, shimmering and virginal,

is where you are found

reality implores, so you smooth

jesus from the label while

sucking vengefully at the viper

is it karma acted upon or

simply perspective from a duller view

your beaded smile rehearses a fatal calm

how attractive gods must be in slumber,

far from judging, an ancient quiet

screaming between your ears

and you are the perpetual joke

birthed from the machine

but you love…you, incapable of undermining

what the next passing second holds

devils’ tears wet your face tonight

while clairvoyance uncoils the tongue;


jesus keeps curling from under your fingertips

and he is flawed.




© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

Poetry served to you raw and unedited from the moment crafted


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2 thoughts on “whiskey, and why did she go

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      much appreciated, Andrew!

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