XCVIII

by Luis G. Dato

O punctuate my sonnets with your voice,
Give periods and the commas to my lines,
For word with word with slippery ease combines,
And in the process difficult the choice.
Mix, intersperse love with earth-earthy Joyce,
In full career my steeds have thrown their reins,
At times to gloom the narrowed pen resigns,
And but your accents may bid it rejoice,

Do send across the silver of your song.
Some word to sparkle in my wormwood dark,
Lift me above the sloughs that deepening throng,
That heartened I ascend lithe like the lark
At dawn to soar with song the clouds among,
And going down find in your heart my mark.

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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