Category POEM

“One cannot write unless one has known satiety, debauchery, and the intimacy of desire, and can remember them “in moments of tranquility.”

— Luis G. Dato, Philippines Herald Mid-week Magazine in April 6, 1932

By a Tombstone by Luis Dato

BY A TOMBSTONE

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 by Luis Dato

TO A LOST ONE

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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END of the QUEST by Luis G. Dato

END OF THE QUEST

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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TO THE QUEEN by Luis Dato

TO THE QUEEN

by Luis G. Dato O radiant royal beauty,It is a pleasant dutyTo praise you to the skies;I deem no greater pleasureThan lauding in rimed measureYour reign which we all treasure,Though time forgets and flies. From near and far-off places,Come friendly…

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CEBU SIDELIGHT

by Luis G. Dato We asked on debarkation; ”Where are the fair Indays,For which Visayan Islands to all the land are known?”The few we chanced upon were not hard upon the eyes,But not exactly hour is earth lend-leased from the…

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stephentalla Today we cross the barriers each changeless rural 4a799271 3a29 41fa b978 8429fdeb051e CEBU INTERSCHOLASTIC, 1954

CEBU INTERSCHOLASTIC, 1954

by Luis G. Dato We come from Camarines, Masbate, SorsogonAlbay, Catanduanes, to form the Bikol band,With Mindanao, together with North and South Luzon,To join Eaşt-west Visayas in friendly feasts of brawn,With brothers widely scattered of one fair motherland. In fair…

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plato's ship of state

THE NEW HELMSMAN

by Luis G. Dato O chosen Helmsman of our Ship of State,With powerful hands and soul filled with light,Te steer the Nation to a happier fate,Toward the Victory long-deferred of Right –Today we cheer to see the overthrowOf evil power…

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MY BARRIO SCHOOL

by Luis G. Dato We love my school it stands besideA rippling brook and rice fields wide,Her dapdap flowers, arching treesBestow serene an air of peace. Our school we love, in it we seeA second home that lets us beAnd…

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