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Agony of Man

AGONY OF MAN (For my Dad) From the tide of the sea To the feet of a tree Stands a man on his feet Patient enough to make peace From the East comes a beast Firmly stands the man of the feast From the west comes a hiss Endevoured he …

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Poetry

My Heart

My heart is the Pacific Ocean – cold in winter, inviting and cool in the hot summers; My heart is the palm trees and those cactus plants that sting; My heart is the beach, where bronzed bodies lie out to worship the sun; My heart is the 405 freeway, cars …

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Poetry

Loneliness

When I look for connectionAs I do every dayI feel so abandonedWhen they all turn away Never among themNot quite fitting inStuck on the outsideNot knowing my sin Like a bird in a fish tankA fish in the skyThe whole situationMakes me want to cry Hand in my pocketBut no …

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Poems & Stories

Wayan and He of a Thousand Eyes

In the darkness, Wayan smiled. It was midnight in Bali, and all was still in the compound. All was going to plan. Wayan was patient. …

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Jack Daniels, a poem by Daryl Locke - Written Tales

Jack Daniels

I once had a loverHis name was Jack DanielsI was obsessed with himAddicted, but I haven’tseen him in a whileI suppose that’s goodLike the oral …

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Away & Stay

As the numbers on the calendar change The feeling is a little strange Not because I had a bad year Not because something was left …

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Refined

Refined

I am not going to crumple this pain upto toss in my trashbag of undeserved attention,I will carefully and patientlyopen the brazen covers,peel them page …

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The God Man

Many civilizations from time immemorial have the habit of worshipping icons, murals, carvings, animals and sometimes human beings also as incarnations of God. In India, …

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Lunar Ruin

A husk of a moon, wafer thin, emptied of romanceIts craters long fallen to alien eggsnocturnals plagued by vacuous painful hunger Someone jumped from the …

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Endeavors of a Broken Heart

You left me at my worst,while I was all set to hold you at your adverseSo now I have to trodden on the empty street,carrying …

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Licorice

I had been working in the University of the Filipinas anthropology department for several years when I got the break of my career. I was …

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My Reading Corner

I find my solace in this quiet place Books, a cup of coffee and reading glasses are my best companions I find my peace my …

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2 Lines About This Moment

2 Lines About This Moment

It is all run not by usEven the chemistry between us is run not by us … But if you reject even a tiny piece …

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My only star

I can not compare you, no I can notEven though I spend whole days looking forI can not find anyone like youYou are beautiful, charming, …

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Farewell

Farewell

What if you could go backWhere you started?Would you still do all theThings that you’ve done? Would you still love,Hate and quarrel?Would you still dream …

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Quicksilver

Late December evening, mild as May,my dog and I take our familiar path,to the new villas at the edge of town,glimmering with lights to welcome …

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Grime on the Big Screen

Gutters stream consciousnessDark runs over fire escapes and drainsbrim oily concepts Traffic like viscous jam tricklesin a filmy smogAn underbelly bled its secrets Telephone wire …

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Love’s Short Tale

Once Upon A Time, there was an island where all Sentiments were living together in peace; Happiness, Sorrow, Knowledge, Arrogance, Love and the rest. One …

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UTOPIA

A place far away from you, a place far away from me as well. A place existed back in time. A place that will exist …

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Missed Calls

Rob; Hey Margaret, how are you today, I hope that all is good with you and that, fuck, I cannot remember her name even though …

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Heartbreak

We always drown in melodies, Weaving through old songs from memories, Like stars burning out of space, I lost your love and without a trace, …

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The Well

In a remote Midwest town, lived a poor family of four; Emma, her husband Gerald, and their two children. Their cottage was small but had …

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Seven Shadows

Seven shadows over me.A thirst for blood in scattered dreams.Hope. It burnt the heart of me,So now I’m empty. Stark and bleak.They scream and shout …

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The Old Board

“I won again. Fifth time in a row!” Raghav turned to Suli. The grand announcement came from the frail ten-year-old, playing board with three other …

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The Big Dipper

You don’t remember the way, but you put your foot on the gas pedal, burning the straight-eight until it purrs on the route to your …

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Imo

Imagine, a writer with emo on a dating site. Like a prostituted woman who falls in love though clever, wise, rich with clever, wise, rich …

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Altered States

A few days after my wife Celestine died suddenly from encephalitis, I got a phone call that I suspected was some form of condolence. I …

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