by Luis G. Dato

A century of yearnings, fractured dreams,
A hundred years of tears shed and unshed,
That in my pain I wished I had been dead,
But still to live, to stray ‘neath Cynthia’s beams
Or hear the murmur of the pleasant stream
Whose banks I sought in just the barest shred
Of hope that you your haunts have visited,
And in your heart some throb of light still gleams.

One century! and what’s a hundred years
In the long stretch of unrecorded time?
I taste the pungent salt of bitter tears,
But still pursue your vision so sublime,
And in these sonnets if your name appears,
Remember always — love lives in each rhyme.

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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