by Luis G. Dato

And now this mountain that we see beyond,
Blue from a distance, green as we go near,
Pair, beautiful she ever shall appear,
With Nature and with earth our common bond.
Of all her changing moods we have grown fond,
In sun and rain, bright days and evenings drear,
With white clouds capped, or with a rainbow clear,
A landmark with our joys and sorrows bound.

My dreams of you a soaring mountain rise
From quiet panoramas of the past,
I have my turns of silver and gray skies,
But changeless through all change my love is cast,
The dreams I dream through starlight and moonrise
Are all of you till breaks the dawn at last.

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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