by Luis G. Dato

How long ago your absence, dear, has been,
From present days like ancient times away!
You seem returned from some primeval day,
From cave-walls of prehistory, I ween,
From those to these a million years between!
As though athwart, two glacial ages lay,
‘Twixt modern August and a Pliocene May,
In the aeonic meanwhile you unseen!

And yet now as it was that long ago,
My love with unquenched ardor yet still burns
As e’er, you in my wildest dreams to know,
The ancient joy enmeshed with pain returns,
Because, o dear, I love you, so much so,
With timelessness my spirit for you yearns!

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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