by Luis G. Dato

O closed dark windows of the home so dear,
So far away though just across the street,
Your room dim-lighted, callous to the beat,
The tempest of the heart that cannot hear
Your song, nor see your face beloved appear
To make for just a moment life more sweet,
To make love leap with jubilant, swift feet
From the dark shadows that abide with fear.

O let me see in windows just one ray
Of light to shed away the nagging gloom,
Just one brief snatch of song at close of day,
To ease the weariness that fills my room,
And from your pillow kindly thoughts let stray
To make more bearable my hapless doom.

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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