Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction




squeeze squeeze a little tighter, so the collar constricts and so do we without tender. what swells beneath skin, a rhythmic denial in need of appeasement and release, so what wounds deeper, the vessel or the tongue. the safe word, we are one, but are we




squeeze squeeze a little further, so the trust turns blood-eyed and so do we without splendor. what tears paper-thin, the liberation from judgment and dark alleyed enclosure, so what exhausts quicker, the carousel or the collapsed lung.  the fail word, we have this, but do we




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2 thoughts on “control

  1. theweesmirk says:

    This is incredible work!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      thank you so much! i appreciate that 🥰

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