By Luis G. Dato

Now nearing sixty, what report to make
To God on high and to the earth below?
What record of accomplishments to show,
What ripples in life’s sea leave in our wake,
As we prepare evading Charon’s lake,
And, leaving, we our of offspring shall bestow,
By which posterity of us shall know,
When we this sorry sphere at last forsake ?

Two books of verse, at that both slender ones,
The third held up by rising printing costs;
Eight children, plus one dead within the year;
Three NC summer subjects for the nonce,
Three libel suits, of dead campaigns the ghosts —
Our shots were straddles, aimed too low, we fear!

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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