Sonnet to Janina

By Luis G. Dato

sonnet to janina
The original typewritten manuscript

Janina, I’ve forgotten, What was it
You wrote addendum on your X’mas Card?
This business growing old is rather hard
On memory and mind, on nerve, on wit,
No walk-away from grandpa to stay fit
And Time’s assaults katabolistic ward;
Ever each day puts us on constant guard —
Or else, or else… the overdue exit!

And so, O daughter to our son, do not,
For heaven’s sake, do not take it too much to heart
That this our answer has been weeks deferred —
With bigger, more emissions life’ s distraught,
Justly to cause hot tears from eyes to start,
We will remember though and send you word.

February 11 , 1978

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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