by Luis G. Dato

In the hot sun, the low, damp fields exude
A warmth, a sultriness presaging rain.
The wind no breath of life gives to the plain
And the still branches of the somnolent wood,
Earth’s a tremendous mine in plenitude,
And soon rain, lightning rend the sky again
In torrents that transmute in time to grain,
At cost of thorns and sweat, man’s daily food.

Life-giving rain and fructifying sun,
The trees you make to burgeon, fields turn green
E’en while the rivers in their courses run
Seaward from lakes, springs, hills to flow serene,
And, most prolific mother, fecund wife,
You quicken the warm earth to nascent life.

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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