OBSESSION

by Luis G. Dato

I think of you at sunrise,
When in the hills dawn,
Robed in her clouds, reminds me
Of roses in your lawn.

I think of the folded curtains
And silken blinds at noon,
And of your heavenly chamber
Where flow’rs o’erpowering swoon.

I think of you when silence
Oppresses in the gloom,
A terror takes the city
And death is in your room.

I think of stare at twilight
When the day bids fond adieu;
I think of you this midnight,
Beloved, where are you?

— The Herald Mid-Week Magazine
August 23, 1939

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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