By Luis G. Dato

I take a road that starts I know not whence,
Past fields and hills, it ends I know not where ,
The trees beside give shade, my thirst to quench
In brooks, my lungs throb breathing the pure air.

And many folks along the road I meet
Strange and familiar, carefree or downcast,
Some with their burdens, others on light feet,
One moment our ways cross, the first and last?

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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