Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction


an excerpt from my new collection



the forgotten phase


the country closed tight

though like an old whore

some parts insist on parting open

accepting the dime but not the dollar

common sense priceless and drying in jars

moonshine gone the way of lemonade

and the sober guzzle it

while the drunks measure the fingers

clinging inside the glass

laughing cause they get it—

the hard stuff lends the buzz

but reality is what’ll get ya—

with swimming heads they toast the drowning

knowing thru abandoned hearts

they trained for the marathon

not the race.


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


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14 thoughts on “the forgotten phase

  1. Your words are so wonderful.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      thank you SO much! 🥰😘

      1. You’re SO welcome!

  2. Terveen Gill says:

    You’re quite the wordsmith, Joseph.
    It’s the buzz that sets the pace.
    Why talk about the small stuff when there’s much bigger stuff at stake.
    Awesome! 🙂

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      you get me…you really, really get me! 😉 thank you Terveen! 😘

      1. Terveen Gill says:

        You’re welcome, Joseph. 🙂
        You are an amazing writer.

      2. Joseph Pinto says:

        i consider myself simply a ‘real’ writer when it comes to poetry. i spill myself unabashedly and with no apologies 😉

      3. Terveen Gill says:

        That’s the only way! Awesome! 🙂

  3. This is truly beautiful and I love the way you play with words. so glad I found you!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      thank you so much! and apologies for the late response (I’ve been away)! 😄

      1. No worries, hope all is well & happy to have you back❤️.

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