“With apologies to Shakespeare, whose sonnet sequence of 136 sonnets is exceeded (quantitatively, that is) by the present” — Luis G. Dato

by Luis G. Dato

A bard I am who comradeless the way
Rewander with a sigh within my song
Viewing a world of mingled grief and wrong,
Where Memory clouds the dawning of the day;
I am who images of Beauty paint,
Only to find the fairest of the false,
Soul powerless, who hears the blissful calls
Of higher joys, and only sighs complaint:

My lyre a deeper melody will claim,
My songs in your own heart an echo find,
The fancies habiting my gloomy mind
In your own mind behold its other frame,
For I am as the forest of the wind,
Echoing in song the tempest whence I came.

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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