When I am dead, will you then think of me More kindly, when I cease to haunt you dear Or dog your steps in school or church no more, Will I seem better in the memory, Less rude, unseemly than reality? Will you perhaps, relenting, then deplore The days that could have been, dumb Heaven implore For my repose in His eternity?
Perhaps from your sweet lips so virginal Might you allow for once a wishful sigh, From eyes that Heaven were to me let fall A tear I’ll feel warm on my lips where I Lie lifeless, but shall be like fire to call Me back to you though dead a century!
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.