Category Poem

BUHI’S “LA ROCA ENCANTADA”

Buhi Town and Lake Buhi

by Luis G. Dato Within their lake-hushed silence the rocks speak,On their reflections in the water pour,Under a spell inscrutable they seekEnchantments of the dead, lost yester-year. What voices long since hushed these rocks could toll,If inarticulate they cease awhile?But…

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BROWN GODDESS IN THE MAY RAIN

BROWN GODDESS IN THE MAY RAIN by Luis Dato

by Luis G. Dato This rainy day as I essay to writeThis poem brief in memory of you,The words with difficulty see the light,l knew not where to start, the words come fewAnd halting and stumble o’er my rhymes,Well knowing…

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TO THE QUEENS OF ANTIPOLO

TO THE QUEENS OF ANTIPOLO Luis Dato

by Luis G. Dato I think it is a great honor this evening to proclaimThe queens of Antipolo, the glory of their name,Not gems and precious jewel we’ll place upon their brows,Such as by usual custom an all queens love…

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EULOGY TO PRINCESS ALICE

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by Luis G. Dato And we now live our lives in fear,And faced with lethal weapons, ManMay see life here no more appear,His future with misgivings scan. Today we need you, Alice soThat Peace its aegis may restore,And plenty smile,…

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EULOGY TO PRINCESS ALICE

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by Luis G. Dato My fair princess, upon your browTonight a radiant crown we placeOf brightest gems, our love to show,And of your beauty sing our praise; Would that gene were brighter still,And the lyre lighter in our and,With eulogy…

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TO THE QUEEN

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by Luis G. Dato Most gracious majesty, O most sereneAnd royal highness whom we crown our queen,Your people with deep homage o’er your browThe envied cross of loveliness bestow,Wishing you life end glory for your throne,Who reigns o’er then resplendent…

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BY A TOMBSTONE

By a Tombstone by Luis Dato

by Luis G. Dato Your tears and sighs and loneliness conspireTo cast a shadow o’er this calm moonrise,As lone as you weep by wakeless tombs where liesSome being dearest to your heart’s desire,Your prayers soar to happy heavens higherWhere fines…

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TO A LOST ONE

TO A LOST ONE by Luis Dato

by Luis G. Dato For many a day of sunlight,Her eyes surveyed the waves,And in her glances one nightDescry her cold, white grave. For many days she waitedHer eyes with weeping warm,To bare boughs undulatedIn the loud-howling storm. Her days,…

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THE DAMSEL OF SABANG

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(with the collaboration of Taciano Rey) Beside the Gulf of LagonoyAmong the hillocks hiddenA hamlet greets the rising sunsAlike a view of EdenAnd heaven is that charmed standWhere woods and waves come blendingAbide a people in delightThat never knows as…

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END OF THE QUEST

END of the QUEST by Luis G. Dato

by Luis G. Dato 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…

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