Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

 

how and why

 

even in sleep

your unmoving lips

taunt me.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

want this poem in audible form? follow me on instagram: joseph_a_pinto

 

some nights

 

this pen

can’t find the ink

while the mind screams

blots all thoughts

 

an indecipherable mess.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

want this poem in audible form? follow me on instagram: joseph_a_pinto

 

spinnin’ the greatest hits from the barflypoet yesterday and today!

 

#tbt

 

it’s a jungle out there

 

it’s a cycle;

you’re born

you experience

you flourish and grow

oblivious to the dangers

oblivious to the unknown;

 

a leopard won’t change its spots

but only a fool chooses to see it differently.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

want this poem in audible form? follow me on instagram: joseph_a_pinto

 

breakdown in my yard

 

i was the first

and last

to hold you.

 

i could not leave you

my intentions true;

i tell myself you knew that

as i scooped you into my hand.

 

ssh, small thing

what else could i say or do

aside from cradling you against my chest.

 

i would have healed you

had i the chance

but you pissed your life out

from between my fingers

and i could not cup you

 

not anymore.

 

i buried you behind a tree.

i shoveled slowly.

i lowered you with care.

 

i went inside my house

hid in the basement

beside the washer and dryer

fingers sticky with piss and dirt

 

and sobbed over a sparrow.

 

and sobbed over my father.

and sobbed over my dog.

 

i could not keep together

any of the three.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

want this poem in audible form? follow me on instagram: joseph_a_pinto

 

currents

 

lose ourselves in sand

i’ll choke on the smoke

of your cigarettes;

they smell better than you look

 

you’ll flinch

at my bad jokes;

 

we both know we’re bad

for each other’s health.

 

the currents have given us

more than we can handle

yet high tide can’t seem

to wash either of us away.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

want this poem in audible form? follow me on instagram: joseph_a_pinto

 

quit the game, bro

 

old man

you insist on throwing yourself

at the twenty somethings

as if that thick wad in your pocket

will compensate for your grey shriveled balls

and those eyes dance

like you once did in the day

only now you are reduced to

misinterpreted conversation

 

morning dosages of geritol.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

want this poem in audible form? follow me on instagram: joseph_a_pinto

 

spinnin’ the greatest hits from the barflypoet yesterday and today!

 

#tbt

 

foolproof plan

 

this is how you live:

 

you wake

you eat

you shit

 

if you’re lucky enough

you’ll wake again.

 

it’s really something, isn’t it?

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

want this poem in audible form? follow me on instagram: joseph_a_pinto

 

she sees only the best of me

 

squeals daddy, you’re home!

 

to the worn flesh

dragging the bones.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

want this poem in audible form? follow me on instagram: joseph_a_pinto

 

wraith

 

scotch.

 

sip.

 

bill.

 

gone.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

want this poem in audible form? follow me on instagram: joseph_a_pinto

 

but a curse to him

 

she had a gift

a way of taking all her fears

and turning them against him.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

want this poem in audible form? follow me on instagram: joseph_a_pinto