by Luis G. Dato

And now, at sixty, what the battle-plan
To execute until the final day,
Before we shall have turned once more to clay,
When end at last our world of mortal man?
If only it were given that we can
As we would will, the course of time to stay,
On earth pursue our everlasting way.
If Adam, Eve had heeded Heaven’s ban!

But now this so late day, what use to cry,
With Heaven contend on what might well have been?
Let’s live and love until the flesh says nay,
Our poems write until the wells run dry,
The sonnets ultimate rime while we may,
And having written, wait with mind serene.

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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