by Luis G. Dato

And why should I my shadow o’er you cast,
Who were meant for sojourn through sunny hours,
To stray the pleasant fields, the fragrant flowers,
The joys of love which all joy shall outlast?
Why should you waste the days that fly so fast
Of youth that once departed are not ours,
To bid return to the forsaken bowers
Of unrelenting times bygone and past?

For we are young but once, just once and never
Shall earth recall the swift-departed time,
The flow’rs blooms once that love so soon shall sever
And only once we’ll hear the Maytime chime.
And we live once, and love but once, if ever.
Hearts beat as one, like golden words that rhyme.

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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