By Luis G. Dato

Often when we are sleeping,
Some happy dreams descend,
Sweet things which our weeping
Would wish were without end.

Often in our living,
Some days are sweet and seem
The end of all our grieving
We do not live, but dream.

So in our happy meeting,
O dear, if you could know,
Leaving or loving or greeting,
I wonder who are you.

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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