Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

 

fucked up text at 5:05pm

 

i’m going on a date tonight.

i just wanted to be honest with you.

 

staring at her words

the irony struck him

squarely between the eyes

that the days preceding her message

consisted only of lies.

 

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

Poetry served to you raw and unedited from the moment crafted;

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

 

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urinal

 

greatest fucking mysteries of life:

 

why can’t we love one another

 

why can’t anyone ask how i’m feeling

 

why my piss sometimes flows

in two separate streams.

 

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

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‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is also available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

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still art

 

why do we

tolerate the tart tongue

but not the lemons

in the bowl?

 

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

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my newest poetry collection ‘Scotch and Scars’ is now available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is also available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

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left with nothing but whys

 

desperate to write closure

in what they shared

he discovers that the ink

in his pen has run dry.

 

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

listen to this poem

 

my newest poetry collection ‘Scotch and Scars’ is now available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is also available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

subscribe to the audio barflypoet YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/y2stm5ms

 

boxcars

 

throw your favorite tee on

the one with that band

i never paid attention who

but i can hum all their songs

let’s jump boxcars

head to the north side

maybe we’ll hit the coast

work on that cottage

you always wanted to own

we’ll use the flocks overhead

to measure the changing of the seasons

conversation to keep clarity

inside our heads

we’re both a bit insane, aren’t we

travelling rails

dreaming of cottages and

birds with wings outstretched

me humming tunes

i could never remember to forget.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

listen to this poem

 

my newest poetry collection ‘Scotch and Scars’ is now available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is also available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

subscribe to the audio barflypoet YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/y2stm5ms

 

wake up, girl

 

a sin

she keeps

the ugly

bottled inside

while butterflies

flit outside

her window.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

listen to this poem

 

my newest poetry collection ‘Scotch and Scars’ is now available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is also available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

subscribe to the audio barflypoet YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/y2stm5ms

 

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

 

#tbt

 

conundrum

 

the conundrum is not my place in this world,

you say

but my standing

 

so tired of the vacuum between myself and

anyone the universe delivers to me,

so tired of the ships that have sailed

their port.

 

the world spun round us;

the air no less muddled than before.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

listen to this poem

 

my newest poetry collection ‘Scotch and Scars’ is now available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is also available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

subscribe to the audio barflypoet YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/y2stm5ms

 

i’m entitled

 

the man asked

why do you look so worn?

 

money

my daughter’s future

my never-ending pain

my existence taken with a grain of salt

and i am so overlooked.

 

the man shrugged

your problems are no different from anyone else.

 

you motherfucker

can’t my worries be mine?

can’t even my grief

stand out in a crowd?

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my newest poetry collection ‘Scotch and Scars’ is now available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is also available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

subscribe to the audio barflypoet YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/y2stm5ms

 

catholic upbringings

 

lift your gaze to the steeple

your guilt lasts only long enough

until you run once more

from the reach of your almighty.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my newest poetry collection ‘Scotch and Scars’ is now available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is also available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

subscribe to the audio barflypoet YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/y2stm5ms

 

november in chicago

(thru the thick and thin)

 

and like the boughs we are stripped

of our flesh in a hurry of colors;

the north wind does not tolerate secrets

nor does it allow the preservation

of our dna under layers;

we have lost daylight savings losing

that savior of selves while our

own feet trample veins of what once we were—

born to seasons our deaths come by hours

and without interlocked fingers we are prey

to the gust and conditions

 

left cold

so cold.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars…

 

my newest poetry collection ‘Scotch and Scars’ is now available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ is also available in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

 

subscribe to the audio barflypoet YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/y2stm5ms