Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

 

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

 

#tbt

 

compassion is hell

 

you draw her over your shoulders

the warmth you’ve been waiting on for years

honey in an otherwise tepid life

and even as she leaves your skin flushed

you never seem to notice her fingers

have grown a bit colder from wear.

 

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© 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’s in denial

 

this is her way:

 

toss flowers across his words

anything to lend pretty

to his ugly.

 

#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

 

lovers love silence

 

sit beside me

touch knees like no one else is watching

whisper verse in my ear

together we’ll rewrite all conversation

steal filament from the bulbs

refill them with fireflies;

i’ll keep july for you always

i’ll craft you mermaid lore.

 

steal me, won’t you

we’ll go out until dawn comes knocking

pin my heart against your wall

splay me like a butterfly lost in august

yet provoke me with your wild

treasure these secrets from your friends;

take me back to the beginning when

we knew but stolen glances.

 

#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

 

stigma of spades

 

make no mistake

the stigma of spades

has been branded

upon my flesh.

 

most see a curse.

 

i find it a blessing.

 

#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

 

#tbt

 

late night perils 

 

i loved the way you stabbed

cigars at the end of your stilettos

and cursed the newspaper deliveryman

in the half-light of dawn.

 

i loved the way we closed

the clubs and cut the fat

through the muck of our disco fries.

 

if it wasn’t for your budweiser mouth

i still might be in love.

 

#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

 

truths, all tell truths

 

the greatest advisors

i have ever had

in my life

have been god

a bottle of scotch

and my psychic.

 

#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

 

need

 

you believed me gone

 

gone

relic; forlorn by lords of depravity

keepsake plucked from dregs of gutter whores and

impoverished mimes

 

gone

raped; whisper of promise

possession, tarnished and forgotten atop

your bureau

 

fool—

i have bred within you all the while

gratifying your need

sucking you dry

 

you sang of me maggot’s lament

begged of me torturer’s divine

so i ask you now

who is your molester of truths

 

your addict of lies?

 

#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