Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction


to commemorate the release of my collection ‘FROM MY FRONT STEPS‘ on June 5,

here’s an except from my first collection ‘A DISTILLED SPIRIT.’


mercy killing


do you remember that day you shushed me?

silk finger on my lips stilling

my pulse

clouds fell and you

caught them, dabbed

tears from my eyes, stole the

sun’s rays, stabbed them

through my heart.

mercy killing, so was whispered

still i,

i could not talk, not

with your fist down my

windpipe, sweet charm tearing

me apart.

i should have thanked you, admitted

you were never

to blame

still i,

i was the quiet one

and you,

you so insane.


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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

Poetry served to you raw and unedited from the moment crafted;

all poetry is older work and chosen at random unless otherwise noted.


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2 thoughts on “mercy killing

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      thank you Hal! xoxo

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