I sought you always in the world’s wide places, In piers and places, the roaring street, Where the world’s pilgrims worn with aching feet, Seek as I sought you mid strange, unknown faces. Albeit I found you not, but only traces Of where you passed, a memory vague and sweet, And in despair knew that if we should meet, It would not be this earth our sun embraces.
I sought you in the fragrance strange of roses, In the elusive phantom of a dream, Through fiery portals where day has its closes, In subtle light of stars and things that seem — You’re ever elsewhere like a fancy flown, Till suddenly we find ourselves alone.
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.