Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction


 

an excerpt from my new collection

‘FROM MY FRONT STEPS’ 

 

if i’m okay

 

she’s having her first sleepover

i can feel her glow from down the block

she’s found a friend who accepts her as she is

it’s all i could ever ask for

a lesson i pray she learns

without my constant reminding

it’s hard being a father

trading football jersey for dolls

a stern tongue for princess voices

and i’d be a liar if i said i wasn’t a bit sad

and i’d be a liar if i said i won’t consult

the stuffed animals lining her bed tonight

hoping they’ll ask in inflections i impersonate

if i’m okay.

 

listen to this poem

 

FROM MY FRONT STEPS

now available on Amazon

 

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

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

 

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10 thoughts on “if i’m okay

  1. Lovely and sweet. It’s not always easy my friend

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      no, it’s not xoxo

      1. But, definitely worth it 💙

  2. Terveen Gill says:

    This is really touching, Joseph. 🙂
    The trepidations of fatherhood.
    The stuffed animals will see you through it.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      they always look out for me 😉

  3. Sunra Rainz says:

    A beautiful poem 💛

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      thank you…truly appreciated 😊

      1. Sunra Rainz says:

        You’re most welcome ☀️

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