ANGUSTIA (English translation)

by Luis G. Dato

O anguish so much of missing you,
Sweet torment not to hold you, dear,
O anguish of now not kissing you,
Nostalgia for your loved voice to hear.

I shall forget, my dear, never,
Our nights by the sea’ll never part,
Now all my illusions fade forever
And anguish fills my lonely heart.

–Baao, Camarines Sur
November 29 , 1964

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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