Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

 

i am not the boogeyman

 

steep in darkness if you must

in silence i’ll sit beside you

till you share all the reasons

you run from me so

then, only then

will i shine soft light, a reminder

of the heart i gave you.

recesses should not exist between us

neither monsters, fear

denial of our 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

 

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

 

#tbt

 

i am

 

i am rattlesnake

i am earthquake

i am lightning rod

i am heart attack

i am cool hand

i am cold heart

i am motherfucker

i am father love

i am old dog

i am sly fox

i am lone wolf

i am broken man

i am deep sea

i am shallow thought

i am big cock

i am long kiss

i am savage fuck

i am bright sun

i am evil dark

i am black sheep

i am wise one

i am.

 

© 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

 

 

crucifix

 

i never realized

how heavy i felt

within my own skin

until i slipped you

around my neck

and you lightened

the load on my heart.

 

#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

 

adaptation

 

i’ve grown used to

a mind gone closed;

 

i’ve gone numb to

a heart grown cold.

 

#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

 

80 is the new 70

 

using his walker

the spry young man of 80

sauntered to the bar

 

then put his heart into ordering

the craft beer he desired

(drink some water first, you must hydrate,

his aide reminded).

 

that first sip kissed his lips and

his eyes danced back to ’47 as

his face left this place.

 

he drained his beer

(finish your water, you must hydrate,

his aide reminded).

 

the spry young man of 80

noticed me sipping my scotch and

he smiled; oh, he smiled.

 

had he been even 10 years younger

we would have torn this bar apart.

 

#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

 

walk, keep walking

 

i asked how you were doing

you replied

 

i’m just living another day to die

 

it all becomes so menial after awhile;

the only things that should matter

are the miles between you and

the last town

 

keeping your face to the sun.

 

© 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

 

 

avenue

 

dip in neon

drip with sin

the gutter will be cleaner than your mouth tonight

peddle what comes faceless

but known to all.

 

#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

 

bad intent

 

there are nights

i slam the

drinks down my

throat like the

reaper come home.

 

#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

 

to be one

 

to be one

with the rush

of symphonic surf

to cast your

entire existence to

the cycle of the sea;

i’d weather the

synchronicities of the

tides for you.

 

#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

 

sacred thing

 

i wish for nothing less

than to shatter you

break your wings

watch you plummet

to depths unfathomable.

 

#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