By Luis G. Dato

Since time has rent asunder
The idols of our heart,
And passion trodden under,
Has rifted us apart;

Since we have met our sorrow,
And shared a mutual pain,
Since time has no tomorrow
For love to rise again,

Ought we not now remember,
What we might quite forget,
And kindle once an ember,
One ember of regret?

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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