Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction




what does your sleeve feel like? i imagine it must be so warm. autumn flashes her teeth and you hide your arms under layers, so when i bare my vulnerabilities why do you not take the same care? wine tasting like all couples do this time of year except i’m five fingers short of holding your hand. you’re fawning over nuances lathering your tongue and i’ve got jesus christ and blood in my mouth and neither blesses me save the sunglasses secreting my eyes and a checklist of varietals into which we feign our interest as we have done nearly every day spent together. laugh it off, it’s okay, we’ll wash our hands the way we rinse our throats of grapes but i fear we are thinner than those cups keeping sparse water and my pant legs are still damp from eight seasons ago (when i started counting). within me there is a flesh so ripe and tender that you’ve allowed to sit atop the counter until the worm got to its core. i see only my face at the bottom of this glass, not your eyes i am void of or that fuzzy sweater i wish you’d rub me across to remind me i still shine.


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  1. Isha says:

    This is gorgeous prose, Joseph!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      thank you SO much, Isha! 🥰

  2. tara caribou says:

    Joe. This is wonderful! I absolutely loved the prose especially. The picture poem is great but the prose… perfection.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      i am so appreciative that you’re into this style of prose i’ve been trying. i’ve been doing it a few months now and obviously just started sharing. i think it’ll stay around awhile 😉 thank you Tara 🥰

      1. tara caribou says:

        This is one of my more favorite styles. I’m so glad you are!

  3. Sunra Rainz says:

    This is all stunning, Joseph, love the internal dialogue running away with you, the spill of conflict and desire, wonderful. Too many good lines to mention but this one stood out:

    wine tasting like all couples do this time of year but I’m five fingers short of holding your hand”


    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      hi Sunra! thank you SO much! i’ve been experimenting with this longer style of prose for some time now (writing it long before i decided to share) but i’m enjoying it as well the connection it makes for others. i appreciate you taking the time to read/listen as well share your thoughts 🥰

      1. Sunra Rainz says:

        You are most welcome 🙂

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