By Luis G. Dato

All day it has rained and the wind
Soughed through the leaves,
A soul of old autumns and days long dead.

All day desire in the rain is a cold remembrance
Of old autumns dark with rain,
O dead laughter of leaves,
Whirled to earth in the wind
In days when there was only remembrance
Of lost flowers and desires!

O leaves that now drip with rain in the dark!
Be dark, be dark, O remembrance of you,
Dark as a dim night in the rain,
With the voices of the past soughing through the night.

Be cold, O desire of the spring,
In the shadow of lost autumns and leaves,
Blown in the night and the rain,
O desire of death, O remembrance of leaves!

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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