Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction




so this is it

the guests have gone

the way unattended

no one to witness

your first dance

did you sweep away

your lack of rsvps

along with

your growing return of regrets

they were released, you know

doves to sky, or rice

so cliché

the old italian man

grips the broom and in my accent

your love has been like wahter

always running.

we shared the same vision once

billowing white draperies

ghosts to air in our beach villa

and i’ve clutched your spirit since

and you’ve fled our vision

like wahter.

so this is it

no one to hear your heels skipping

save the old italian man

his broom keeping cadence.


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8 thoughts on “elopement

  1. Peach Berman says:

    Wow… this one is beautiful. My favorite of yours that I’ve read.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      I thought all my poems were your favorite!!!! lol Just kidding! Thank you, sweet Peach, I appreciate that (and you) 🥰

  2. Terveen Gill says:

    You’ve set the disengaged mood so brilliantly.
    Can feel the absence of what could have been.
    Love the wahter…🙂

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      thank you Terveen! 🥰 I can’t help it if my Jersey accent rings through 😏😆

      1. Terveen Gill says:

        I could imagine the accent…loved it.
        Great writing, Joseph. As always. 🙂

      2. Joseph Pinto says:

        click the link below the poem…all my poems are linked to my YouTube channel so you can hear my audio rendition!
        Much appreciated…as always, sweet lady 🤗

      3. Terveen Gill says:

        I certainly will. Thanks Joseph. 🙂

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