DAYS OF LONG AGO

By Luis G. Dato

When day is dying in the western sky
And all the world is red with twilight glow,
Often my heart given out a painful cry,
Remembering the days of long ago.

Often in other days I sat beside
The boulders of the sea to watch the west,
Dreaming across the sea of even-tide,
With many a sigh compressed within my breast.

Days that have gone, ah days that ne’er again
Shall come from the lost twilight of the past,
This hour of sunset I recall with pain,
The little red hours and things that could not last.

Where have gone, those happy days of sun,
The wine-red clouds, the days and dreams of yore?
The twilight in the western sky is done,
A day among the days that are no more.

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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