By Luis G. Dato

O city, million-souled, thousand-streeted,
I feel your breath upon me,
The sound of your many voices,
Tread of anonymous feet.

Goodbye, Manila, emporium of bills and kisses,
And ladies with the hurrying hips
And ever-freshly painted lips
Of a mouth where nectar drips,
Good-bye, we’ll see the Mrs.

Luis Dato
Luis Dato

Luis G. Dato (July 4, 1906 - January 29, 1985) was a poet, writer and educator from Sta. Cruz, Baao, Camarines Sur. He published books in English including Manila A Collection of verse (1926), My Book of Verses (1936) and the Land of Mai in 1975. He also wrote several books and text in Bikol such as, Vocabulario Bikol-Ingles-Kastila (1963), Cantahon na Bikol (1969), Morfologia kan Tataramon na Bikol (serialized in Naga Times), Patotodon sa Bikol (Bikol Mail) and Sarabihon sa Bikol.

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