Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

 

enjoy an excerpt from my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit’

 

‘the seat beside me’

 

sporting a black eye,

he tells me:

women are like booze

but you can’t get punched in the face

for sucking on the neck of a bourbon;

his voice slurs with decades of bad decisions;

his eyes swim like

confused fish in a dirty bowl.

i watch him drink

until those fish go belly-up

then order myself another scotch.

#barflypoet

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

Pour yourself my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ ready for consumption at:

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‘infidelities’
 
my gut is stuffed with infidelities.
i’ve never been faithful to myself
only the notion of rejecting my own lies.
 
#barflypoet
#josephapinto
 
© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.
 

Pour yourself my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ ready for consumption at:

Amazon paperback: goo.gl/31Zp1i

Amazon kindle ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079J536ZC

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It’s time for the ‘What Pains You Project.’ I listen privately to your pain and write an anonymous poem dedicated to you…

 

‘part of her wishes’

 

a handful of caterpillars

snug in the palm

she doesn’t clench her fist

until deep in the night

she’s alone.

 

alone—wishing she was

with him

on a day they could call

their own.

 

she has nothing.

no days. no cloudless skies.

 

she holds open her palm

wishing moon for sun

wishing he for him

 

closing her eyes she exhales

lost in metamorphosis.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

#whatpainsyouproject –

a poem for an anonymous reader and their pain…

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

Pour yourself my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ ready for consumption at:

Amazon paperback: goo.gl/31Zp1i

Amazon kindle ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079J536ZC

Barnes and Noble: goo.gl/SbKH26

UK Amazon paperback: goo.gl/4LcSxE

UK Amazon kindle ebook: goo.gl/wHsW14

It’s time for the ‘What Pains You Project.’ I listen privately to your pain and write an anonymous poem dedicated to you…

 

‘never was she appreciated’

 

‘cross her pallor

she lets drop the veil

concealing the immolation

and epitaphs her lungs

have coughed up.

she loves flowers

not bouquets

she loves dying

not artificial inhalations

of survival.

she loves the raven’s caw

atop her tombstone today

not her widow’s song

for tomorrow.

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

 

#whatpainsyouproject –

a poem for an anonymous reader and their pain…

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

Pour yourself my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ ready for consumption at:

Amazon paperback: goo.gl/31Zp1i

Amazon kindle ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079J536ZC

Barnes and Noble: goo.gl/SbKH26

UK Amazon paperback: goo.gl/4LcSxE

UK Amazon kindle ebook: goo.gl/wHsW14

 

‘on this sea’

you are completely oblivious

i am a wayward soul;

i possess no anchor.

 

how do you not see the

water i’ve taken on.

 

i’ve drifted on this sea

over the course of many moons

prey to siren’s call.

 

let the north star guide you

but leave me rudderless—

my night pregnant with storm.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

Pour yourself my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ ready for consumption at:

Amazon paperback: goo.gl/31Zp1i

Amazon kindle ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079J536ZC

Barnes and Noble: goo.gl/SbKH26

UK Amazon paperback: goo.gl/4LcSxE

UK Amazon kindle ebook: goo.gl/wHsW14

‘there are spiders’

there are spiders.

there are spiders

that are big

and juicy

and crawling

and silent

and foreign

covered in bristly hair

have a million legs

a thousand eyes.

there are spiders

that are hunters

that are killers

have fangs

and horrid mouths.

but it is not the spider that spreads poison

you need to concern yourself with but

the one that will snare you

keep you trapped in its web.

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

Pour yourself my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ ready for consumption at:

Amazon paperback: goo.gl/31Zp1i

Amazon kindle ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079J536ZC

Barnes and Noble: goo.gl/SbKH26

UK Amazon paperback: goo.gl/4LcSxE

UK Amazon kindle ebook: goo.gl/wHsW14

‘absence’

 

absence of you

is easier to deal with

than absence of self.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

Pour yourself my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ ready for consumption at:

Amazon paperback: goo.gl/31Zp1i

Amazon kindle ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079J536ZC

Barnes and Noble: goo.gl/SbKH26

UK Amazon paperback: goo.gl/4LcSxE

UK Amazon kindle ebook: goo.gl/wHsW14