SOLITUDE

By Luis G. Dato

Stars of the sky come out on the earth,
Out of the void of the sky,
Out of the clouds,
Come,

Come for the moon is pale,
Pallid and spectral,
As the night,
Dead as the clouds of the night.

Wake from the woodland, winds,
Wanton and wail on the sea,
Move where the billows, rent and restless,
Are mute.

Rise from the cloud and sea and air,
Arise, O forms that are lifeless, inert,
Start as by impulse And tremble to being.
Now the light of the stars and the spheres,

Now the breath of the wind
And the rush of the watery waste,
Are motionless,
Immobile,
Dead.

Only the tumult,
The fire and the flame in the heart are here,
Within, the beat and pulse
Of long agitations
Perturb.
Longings for loved ones lost,
Lost as the wind and the night
Lost as the waves and the spheres.

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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