XXXIX

by Luis G. Dato

For, dearest one, I love you with a love
More elemental than the earth we tread,
More cosmic than the suns that roam o’erhead,
The starry firmament that shines above.
To love immense, tremendous, need I prove?
The world should know ’tis better felt than said,
A love without which I’d as lief be dead,
If, in despite, your heart I cannot move.

O muse of mine, be unto me a wife,
My inspiration and my life’s great goal,
Be you my solace in the mundane strife,
And as the years through infinite spaces roll,
Give happiness and meaning to my life,
The ultimate, steadfast haven of my soul.

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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