by Luis G. Dato

O ache of heart fore ‘er unsatisfied,
Because it has not what it dreams to hold,
The pain augmenting as you I behold,
Who have not wits to leave off, long denied.
It is a wonder I haven’t long since died,
Seeing how futile my pretensions bold,
And swamped by centuries that ‘twixt us rolled,
Had long succumbed so far off from your side.

A miracle? perhaps a mystery
That Time still in its womb shall yet unveil.
I do not know, nor yet profess to see
The outcome of — some dream, some long-sought grail?
I only know that if for you I fail,
Life were a dream, and death my reverie!

Aubrey Asuncion

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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