Lyrical Soul

In case you’re wondering, all the poems I have ever written are true to life. The descriptions, especially the proper nouns (names of buildings, roads, brand names, cities, states, nationality) are accurate. Each love poem is written for only one person, and he is a real, flesh-and-blood person, and you can usually find the man’s named tagged at the bottom of the poem. The date and time I posted the poems on are the real date and time that I was feeling the emotions I wrote about.

I can’t write any other way. And believe me, I tried.


A Love to Get up and Go to Work for

Magnum Opus

Just like the Way we Used to Pass Notes in Class

The Road, Where Love Stories are Baked into the Asphalt

Poets Crossing

Middle Ground

The Only Past Worth Having

Wordsmith Confessions

The Elements Wrote This Story

Halfway Through Metamorphosis

A Path For Faith To Burn Through



The Chaos behind the Curtain

Loved and Luminous

Louder Than Words

Like Russian Ballet Under Jamaican Rain

Before Mythology Gave Them Names

A Matter of Reflection

The Disease was Never the Cure

Signed, Lois Lane

Behold Your Dark Horse

It’s not Over for the Moth Until it Burns

A Lifetime Supply of Blank Pages and White Canvas


The Inside Man

The Past Lives of Stars

Beautiful Awakening

Last Flight Out

Excerpts from Emigrant Correspondence

Silken and Mauve

Set against a Leonid Afremov Backdrop

Hang Up


Mezzo Piano Love

Pièce de Résistance

Every Winter is Somebody’s First Winter

As in the Vessel where they Age the Wine

The Soul of Winter is Introspection

If God was a Poet

Sweet Solstice

Birth of Diamonds

Don’t Put Love Last

The Bouquet was Still Fresh the Next Morning

Save the Antiheroine

Western Sunrise

Shining in the Window and Dreaming Away

Something Borrowed and Blue

You don’t have to see me off.

Between the Commotion and the Void

Pain Becomes Parable

The Worst Demons Are The Ones We Need

Letter to the Grave Robbers

Square One

Therefore I Am


Constellations in Swarovski

Loving in Sequels

The Color of the Ocean after a Storm

The Wedding Entourage

Fireworks Over Downtown Chicago

From Dream to Reality and Back

The Monster Inside

Just Wake Me When The Next Chapter Begins

At the Corner of Maria Clara and Dimasalang

How to Walk on Water

Fragment of the Splintered Sun

Sleepwalking on Session Road

Footprints on the Clouds

Midsummer Night’s Insomnia

Facing It ≠ Putting Your Heart In It


If Life had a Soundtrack



Wind in the Tunnel and the Light at the End

Please Surrender your Cupid Arrows for Inspection

I Love You from the Bottom of My Hard Drive

Through Amazon Rain and Las Vegas Glitter

With Your Permission

Snakes and Ladders

She’s No Disney Princess

Moon Spell

Love Me Vintage

All is Transit



Your Hands All Over My Pages

Raspberry City

Night Falls on Piedras Platas

A Walk on Pont des Arts

Skinny Dipping in Cassiopeia

Where the Light Hits the Water

In the Days of Galileo

Kintsukuroi (金繕い)


Between Worlds

The Space Debris In Your Head

Runaway Siren Come Home

The Postcard Stops at Seven Places

Cross Examiner’s Labyrinth

The Broken Record

For the Love of Puppies and Grape Kool Aid

I Know Where the Bodies are Buried

Unfinished Epitaph

Cheshire Twilight

Please Don’t Stop Playing This Symphony

Rumi’s Camera

Nights in Alexandria

Brute Force

The Golden Mean

A Viking’s Funeral, Please

The Same River Twice

Of Melodies Pure and True

Stay for the Fireworks

A Rose in Winter


The Distortion may be Part of the Message

Dancing Across The Universe

The Trouble with Willful Forgetting

Details that the Light might have Missed

As with the Sculptor Freeing Lovers from their Marble Prison

Belated Thoughts on Venus Transit

Snow Angel

The tenant left. But he brought his keys.

Lives are Made of Days

The Graceful Pause

The Gallery of Impressionist Paintings

A Study in Calligraphy

The Way Gravity Choreographs the Fall

Daylight Saving Hour

The Waters of Shangri-La

A Vigil in Two Shifts

Quantum Origami

Duplicating Light Through Mirrors

Through an Open Window at the Renaissance

The Faint Pulse

Singing After Dark

The Rewriting of Night by Sunrise

The Fine Print of Ever After

Your Love Sounds Like Pages Turning

Of Converging Lines and Vanishing Points

Beautiful Ordinary

Love is not Ill-Mannered

The Language That Your Soul Thinks In

Everybody has a Peninsula Manila story.

Passion by Mandelbrot


The Dilation of Time as in Dreams

Panglao Passage

The Reconnaissance Mission Has Been Compromised

The Can’t Live Without

Red Sky Morning

The Last Mile to the Altar

Like A Soul Now Unfettered

Eternity’s Preferred Metaphor

The Bellini was Served in a Klein Bottle

“…so then they are no longer two…”

Towards Summer, On Foot

I Can Sleep Soundly Tonight


Memories of Station One

Think Wrinkles, Gray Hair, Grandchildren


Scribbled with a Maybelline Lip Liner on a Thomas Lee Pillowcase

Prelude to Dream

And This Must Be What All Those Poets Are Talking About

The Crossover to Miniloc Island

A Shared Canvas

Loving by Example

Scheherazade’s Diary

Dreaming in Black and White, Waking up


If Your Phone Rings Tonight

The Perfect Embrace

If They Ask You Why We Did It, Tell Them

Love isn’t Always Written in Code

The Line Beyond Which The Unknown Begins

Rapunzel’s Release

The Yellow Brick Road out of Wonderland

The Boss Fight in the Video Game


Cross the Line with Me


The Decryption Key Can’t Be Used Twice


There’s a Will

By The Time You Find This


When Destiny Calls


Through Hellfire and Brimstone

The Everyday Fairy Tale

Late Light

The All That Love Has Conquered

The Evening Summer and I Traded Places

Come Home Every Time You Can

The Walls are Asking to be Torn Down

Love in the Nude

Moorish Hero

Playing the What-If Game in a Blissful Place


Make Our Relationship Public

The Reality That Raised Me

The Closeness Of You

Your Bride

The Way From The Crash Site To The Well

Where The Light Took Me

Here, Next To You

Sweet Dreams, Love

My Favorite Miracle

Love With A Plan

The Railing, The Ever After

Feels Like Making Love

Eyewitness Testimony

He Had To Love Me


When He Holds Me

The Day It Rained

His Heart Is Eloquent

On A Night Like This

Blindfold Off

Six-Lane Catwalk

Descended from Job

Natural Death

Flying Lessons

Sometimes I’m Beautiful

Falling towards June

Passengers’ Manifesto

The Footage that Didn’t Make the Movie

What Dreams May Come

Golden Child

A Night with Aleph-Null Moons

Succumbing to the Blur

Beauty’s Favored


The Uncharted Horizon

Be Careful Whom You Touch

The Insatiable

Love, as an Interruption of Nature

Sta. Cena

I’m Ready

We are Part Water, Part Light

Why Judge a Naked Soul

Morning Agenda: Undo Yesterday

It Always Takes Two

The Shoes That She Wears

Tagaytay Flora

Good Man

The Patient Wait


All The Beautiful Things

I Fall Apart

The City that Knows Me

I’m Only a Mirror of What I See

Separate the Good from the Bad

Through the Glass, Gracefully

Hold Me

My Rare Second Chance

Woman in the Mirror

Conversing with Echoes

Marked by the Serpent

If All Roads Lead to Rome

Get Out Of Your Own Way


Last Reason Standing

The Woman Who Needs You

If This is the Last Time

The Soul’s Cul-de-Sac

Change Your Mind

Just Let Me Love You

We Were Meant For This

Walking Into Love

You Are

Between Two People And God

Inadvertent Springtime

Falling the Second Fall


Lovable at First Sight

The Words in Italics

Walking Home

Don’t Look Down

But Can You Love Me Anyway

The World’s Longest Poem


I Need You To

Here and Now

What You’ll Never Hear Me Say

Tama Na

The View from the Fifteenth Floor

Light Through Orange Murano Glass

Don’t Be Afraid

Ardent Streetscape

Clock Strikes Twelve



I Didn’t Fall in Love with You

I Want You

Losing Juliet

And I Say to Myself, “What a Wonderful World…”

Ulterior Motive

After the Exorcism

I Always Think It’s You

Darkness that the Blind are Familiar to


A Longest Night

Let’s Have A Love Affair

Lunar Eclipse

Let’s Be Somewhere Else

On The Line

Not Ready to Be Friends

One Day at a Time

Big City, Bright Lights

Two Soul Junction

Shooting Star


I Need You to Touch Me

Take Responsibility

What It Translates To

The Tail End

The Essential Shakespeare

Escape Artist

The Voice of Contempt

2nd through 11th

Never Kiss Me Again.

Love Junkie

Where Are You?

Man on the Hanford Billboard

Ikot Jeep Sonata

Dear O. Henry

Like Perfume

Make It Wonderful

When Will I See You Again?

Virgin Feet


More Fertile Ground

Hypothetically Speaking

Dishonest Poetry

My Citrus Valentine

Don’t Worry

Third Eye Clarity


Withdrawal Symptoms

Things That Have No Place

The Pendulum Swings

To Be Your Queen



Sworn Disciples of Love

Of Women And Objects

Soul Striptease

No Hands

Don’t Speak

The Man Of / In My Dreams

I Didn’t Mean To

Perfect Stranger

What He Doesn’t Know

You Could Be

Let Me Have This Morning

The Morning After

Her Forgiveness

No Shortcut to Grace

What Doesn’t Kill You


Think Again

And Then I Had No Words

Off the Wagon

Your Escape, My Heaven

a.k.a. Truth

When the Answer is Only Four Days Away

Gusto Kong Masaksihan

Ever Day I Love You

Kisses from the Soul

Lose Control With Me

My Sins

The Next Time You See Me

Overwrite Password

If I Could Ask God One Question

Nothing Works

Tell Me You Don’t Love Me

Not About Loneliness

Afterthoughts on a Long-Overdue Phone Call





Damn Liars


Sometimes Silence


No Two Sunsets

Waiting for Tears

Dead Silence

Love, Truncated in Places

How Long I Loved You

Typhoon Season

Greenbelt on a Rainy Night

Finite Shore


How Did You Get Here?

I Found You

Feels Like the Flu

Lines Before Sunrise

I Just Want to Be with You

“Everything is All Right”


South Pole Woman


Love’s Fault

Fear Itself

Soul Tattoo

Serendipity on Paseo de Roxas

Stockholm Syndrome

A Man Who Believes In Love

The Second Time Around

Drunk With Night

The Greatest Heartbreak of All

Emergency Dinner With My Secret Keeper

McKinley Road

If He Took the Time to Put it into Words

Third Party

Why Can’t We Choose Who We Love?


Tomorrow Might Be Too Late

Dangerous State of Mind

I Walk

Mea Culpa

Men and Women

I Will Be Good To You

One-Life Stand

He Turned Me Into A Poem

Long Night

Silent Truth

And Even If I’m Wrong

I Just Need A Sign


Missing You

Cold Feet

Collaboration of a Lifetime

Mr. Love Poet

Yes, I Believe in Magic

Waiting on a Miracle

When I Said, ‘Make Love to Me’

Ciudad de los Ángeles


Before My Faith Runs Out



Because of You

I Can’t Wait

High / Addicted

Waiting For Your Call


Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

I’m calling this morning because

Don’t Fall. Jump.

Both Fragile


Why Not Happily Ever After?

Just One Night

When You Think of Me

Use Me

On this Side of the Wall

Like a Kiss


Between Zero and Infinity


Amnesia, Please

The Semiotics of You

Flying Over the Cuckoo’s Nest


Two Female Poets Talking in a Café


Dear Player


Iris, I Triple-Dare You

Paging Dr. Freud…

Soul Detox

Café Juanita 04.24.2010

Somewhere Beautiful

And My Eyes Were Closed

Playing Dirty

Curiosity for Destruction

Not Like This

Don’t Read Me

My Personal Morpheus

I Know It’s You

Maybe I Make You

Goethe’s Faustine

Asylum Cinderella

Try To Be OK

On Temporary Things

Hall of Mirrors

Distance Formula on an Oblique Spheroid

Happy Thoughts on 37ºC Heat




Romance in Progress


Makati Nocturne

I Remember Love As It Was

Between the Moon and a Montblanc Fountain Pen

Faith’s Paradox


Handicap to Healing

I Used to Be So Powerful

Final Sanctuary

Let Me Walk Around Your Soul


Mind Sex


Until I Fell in Love with a Poet

That Easy

Spare the More Celestial Things

Unresolved Sexual Tension

Destiny is Like

More Potent than Coffee

At the Root of My Writer’s Block

Only this Sky

Because I’m Older Now

I Hate You


I’d Rather Have You

For One Moment


I Sit in Your Heart

Tonight I Get Old

If I Had Known

If It’s Not Too Much To Ask

Please Come Closer

Life’s Staccato Steps

Ode to Breakfast

I Don’t Even Know How I Got Here



Embrace the Flame

Rizal’s Dulce Extranjera

Ravings and Ramblings of a Topophiliac

And When I Tell You I Love You

A Different Name to Call My Loneliness

In Retrospect

Text-Back to a Millionaire’s Daughter

Fairy Tale

On a Cab along Dela Rosa Street

I dropped my pen. I hope it still works.

The Credence of My Soul’s Undoing

US Visa Application, Take Two

I Look for You

I Overheard Sandra Telling June

The Truth Is

Bronze Goddess

Come Alive with Me

Repeat (Again)


Let’s Fall in Love this Summer

Every Breathless Ticking Moment

Poet at an Impasse

Saint Exupery’s Tippler

Sans Rationale

The Kind of Woman I Want My Daughter to Be

My Equilibrium

Acute Involutional Paranoia

Sacramento – Manila

X-Rated Words

Six Billion to One



Pet Phrase

21st Century Garden of Eden

O Zahir

Pipe Dreams and the Most Impossible Thing

A Shot at Too Good to Be True

I Want You to Tell My Heart that it’s OK

Two Poets Dancing the Tango

Wait Till You Touch Me

Corner Coffee Shop


You Don’t Understand

Between Relationships


Lost and Found

New Year’s Eve 2009

So Rare

Sleepless 2

Sleepless 1

Excuse Me



After Reading Maxine Syjuco

Walang Pinag-ibang Pasko, 2009

You Should Feel Complete, But

You Who Must Not Be Named

Jigsaw Piece of Advice

Written on a Möbius Strip

Countdown to California Starts Today

I Tell You Now

Too Strong

The Ultimate Thing

Let Yourself Go


The Thrill of the Forbidden

La Bella Figura

Poison and Daggers

Life Metaphors on the 6 a.m. Train

You’re So Unfair


You and Me

Walking Around Towards Greenbelt 3

Fine Specimen of a Man

What If

(In)Finite Regress



It’s How You Do

You are My Solitude

All the Chances It Takes

A Pack of Contradictions


As Artists

Like Fever

Mad Things are on My Mind

Michelangelo’s David

11pm, 63 Xavierville Avenue


8pm, 5F B6 Bonifacio High Street

Things Pretending to Be Poems

In My Defense

Just Look at Me

My Heart is My Best Friend


Little Miss Sunshine


The Non-Fear of Falling



One Regret

Four Layers of Reality

Pray without Words

25, going on 26

It’s Happening

Every Breath I Take (Literally)

Superwoman in a Sweater

Two Girls

Different Feathers

Crossing Jordan to Jericho

Officer with the Badge

Ghetto Note

Neruda Speak

Worst Case Scenario


What Spells the Difference

It’s Easy to Be Happy

Love Well Done

Time is on Our Side this Time

Soul in Transit


The Price

The Contemporary Love Affair

Friendship, Not the Cliched Version

Note to Self


My High School Best (Non)Friend

28th Floor West Tower Philippine Stock Exchange Center


Emergency Exit Parachute Sisters

It’s in Our Hands

Corte de las Palmas

I Celebrate

It’s the Only Way

Standing on the Threshold of the Rest of My Life

Three Handsome Pastors

Dear Nneka


Mas Mahirap Intindhin Kesa sa Inggit

Pagbibilang ng mga Biyaya

Before the day Ends

I’m Unhappy

Job Hunt


Pagbubuhat ng Sariling Bangko


Math Graduate Studies Blue

Aris, Jemma, Jing, Iris Forever


The Die is Cast

Light Rain

Tayutay sa mga Bagay na Pansamantala

Patient Desert

Five Days Without the Sun

Pakikipaglokohan sa Sarili

Four-Minute Romance

You Will Miss Me

Hindi Lang nila Alam

Battlefield of My Emotions

Eileen May

Tungkol kay Chris

Love Running on Empty

A Venue South Triangle, QC, 4am

Sometimes Rape is Not a Figure of Speech

The Next Best Thing

Poetry by Default

I’m so in Love. And so it Goes…

Your Smile is Worth More

God is Romantic Love Too


Am I Blind?

Hindi Dapat Mag-usap Kapag Parehong Sarado ang Isip

320 Hotel Sogo Cubao



Leaps of Faith

Burn for Me, Baby

The Saving Grace of My Sanity

The Vicious Cycle


Mom Problems

I Don’t Know What to Do

To Need is a Curse

Walking in the Rain

Walking on Wilson Street

Tonight, Everything is Enough

Love Only

Baptizing the Brand-New Laptop with a Poem

Quattro, Timog Avenue, 2am

This is who I am. That is the trash can.

Tower of Lies


Those Other Girls

Greenbelt Verses


Faculty Room 107

Tribute to Incoherence

Tula sa Pader 2

Tula sa Pader 1

Thoughts on Valentine’s Day

Loose Words 6

Loose Words 5

Loose Words 4

Loose Words 3

Loose Words 2

Loose Words 1

Ngayong Gabi

Picnic at the Fort Open Field


Isang Pangungumpisal

Had I the Beauty

To the Rock Star I Met Online

In this Life I Choose to Live

The Joy of Love is in Hurting

If I Could Have a Moment

A Rare Moment of Being Sensible

That Night

If You Knew

Forever Ago


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