That you could thus forget so easily, The day whose memory I made a shrine, The smile you gave me cheeringly as wine When a fair one pours it and tempts us try, Holding with hand whose glow out-charms the gift, And we doubt then which to the lips to lift, The wine that sparkles or the hands that vie, And the fair cup is emptied with a sigh.
Love came to visit me with dawn and goes As falls with night the ne’er unfading rose; And as love came you came, alas the day When I beheld and loved you in life’s way! A smile creeps o’er you of that day gone by, At life’s twilight ’tis all my memory
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.