by Luis G. Dato

And now I meet you coming from the church —
What sudden change, what difference in mien
From the last time that you my eyes had seen!
How cruelly you leave me in the lurch,
How to the depths, from O what dizzy perch
Of happiness and hope my heart has been,
What veil of happenings has intervened between?
Is this the sign-off, end of the vain search?

And now I see of love, all labour lost,
There is not hope for me your heart to gain,
How in your eyes I see naught but a ghost
Of dead desire and love all dreamed in vain,
All that I cherish, all I treasure most
Now shall take wings, returning not again.

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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