By Luis G. Dato

O bride of the first night,
Warm with the sun of the first love,
Bright with the arrow
Of the primal plunge
Into the abyss of the first kiss.

O bloom and flame of thighs,
Conqueror of death through oblivion,
Of the loneness and the oneness
Of the first flame, the first arrow!
Of the loneness ended
And the oneness blended
From the duality in the unity of the first night!

God said,
“Let it be dark,
Let it be my last will and testament!”
And God laughed and died,
Throwing away the key.

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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