XCVIX

by Luis G. Dato

Have I been wrong, was I not overwise
When of my heart to you I gave the key,
Was it all folly on the part of me,
Succumbing senseless to lone’s witcheries?
Is it that in the cosmic artifice
Love is predestined foe, the enemy
To ward away, that ‘tis his perfidy
Caused man his mooted loss of Paradise?

Mind asks, but ‘tis the heart that seeks to find
The answer to the questions, yes and no,
And if no answer, still the heart will bind
The wide world’s hurt, both Adam’s and Cain’s throe.
Have I been wrong? No answer from the mind,
And the heart flounders, speechless, with its woe!

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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