Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

 

‘cougar’

 

she’s hitting 50

hem of her shorts

hitting her chin

keeping with the times

unaware her moment

passed her 30 years ago.

 

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…poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

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‘café’

 

let’s meet in a café

i’ll draw your portrait

if i could do justice to myth.

 

i’ll lick latte from your tongue

then write your name in my cup

let’s sing poetry

and confuse the patrons:

they don’t understand cobblestoned meter.

 

you sway to jazz

and i’ll grind to blues

juju to my gris-gris

risen spirit to my blood.

 

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…poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

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‘comic’

 

after awhile it all becomes nonsense

her at the top of her lungs calling him so prick

—ish

him firing back how did things get so fucked up

—ish

if they didn’t crush each other

time and time again

they might actually find it funny.

 

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…poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

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‘and here i’m worried of my pimple’

 

1, 2, 3

he drains the beers

down his throat

no apologies for

the belches or

his thinning hair.

 

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…poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

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‘fourth grade homework sucks’

 

her eyes swell with tears

no one her age should hold

and i realize all at once

her soul is far older

than the tender skin

that contains it.

 

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…poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

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‘afloat’

 

we’re afloat in the same ocean, baby

tossed by the same storms

yet we have no sign

of one another’s horizon.

 

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…poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

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‘ruse’

 

fear not the man

who declares his hand;

 

fear the man

who plays ignorant

to all.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

…poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

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