Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction


take the shot. there might not be another choice…


reflected in the glint, your face especially longer than the expanse of which i am used. hold still, big pinch coming and if ever in the history of understatements was there such a grander lie then i am at a loss. once upon another lifetime ago, my parents bought me a dog until mother decided she could not handle eyes imploring for care and so stage right exit left went dog and up across my face a new space for tragedy and cheap plastic acceptance. luckily i hid eyes imploring answers behind cheap plastic acceptance cause i was a good kid and did good kid things like keeping the big kid’s conscious clean. hold still, big pinch coming but the fib is muffled under cloth the way the fast one was cast across my vision. problem is i am keen to tricksters now. and in a silvery flash the breadth of your ignorance drives through my joint. i am told this will cease the release of molecules that cause inflammation but when i plead for a stake through the skull the doctor pushes a shaking voice before retreating legs and declares my mental health might do good with a pet.

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5 thoughts on “cortisone

  1. tara caribou says:

    This is great Joe! I liked “i hid eyes imploring answers behind cheap plastic acceptance cause i was a good kid and did good kid things”

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      i’m glad that resonated with you, Tara 🥰 always appreciate your support!!! xo

  2. Sunra Rainz says:

    I love the way this ends, Joseph. In such a coherent common-sense way after a slightly chaotic meander through memory lane and flashback to the present moment 🙂

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      my brain works in a slightly chaotic yet coherent way so I’m always grateful when I can capture a slice of it lol I appreciate you, Sunra! 🤗

      1. Sunra Rainz says:

        Lol, you’re welcome 🙂

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