by Luis G. Dato

If I should come to grief because to you
Love is not love to earth’s censorious eyes,
Dreaming it sinful and profane with lies
Or that it fails in honor in your view;
If love must grieve because it missed its due,
And, unavailing, saw how you despise
Its vows to đarken its encircling skies,
And you not having, bids you its adieu —

Think not it takes to heart its bitterness
That love its utter gloom must consummate,
Nor seeing that its hopes you cannot bless,
The love you cruelly spurn should change to hate,
Though, without you, what greater loneliness,
And, without you, could there be a worse fate?

Denise Esteban

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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