by Luis G. Dato

I see your open door in the warm day
And windows, too, where the breeze scuffles through
The bougainvillea, and I know that you
Are in, alone perhaps with thoughts that stray
To some dear friend, or mem’ry far away,
Or maybe not, in which case there be few
Occasions better for a rendezvous
Or call to which your heart would not say nay.

Should I then mount the stairs, knock at your door,
And unexpected in your thoughts intrude,
E’en as the wind goes through it evermore,
And break with throbbing heart your vacant mood?
What a faint-heart am twice five times o’er,
But I shall leave you to your solitude!

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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