by Luis G. Dato

Why should you use the world’s all-jaundiced eyes
And judge my suit by its too harsh decree?
In matters of the heart, ’tis you and me,
None else discern where its true happiness lies.
“Tis not the world’s opinions but our eyes,
Our ears, our senses which we should let be
In their pursuit unwarped in liberty,
Else must we forfeit twice our Paradise.

‘Tis us and not the world that shall dictate
In the heart’s crisis of the yes or no,
Ourselves the arbiters of human fate,
Achieving supreme gladness, supreme woe.
Let mind have reasons for its love and hate,
Only the heart that bears the wounds can know.

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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