Category SONNET

“Poetry lives on love, and love is nothing but the worship of woman.”

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

Yultide Sonnets by Luis Dato

YULETIDE SONNETS

By Luis G. Dato I The incense hangs on gilded Christmas shrines, Warm tapers bathe the walls in amber glow, In mumbled prayer, bead-counted prayer low, Devouts, deep-veiled, all drowse upon their lines, Anon with peals from drums and tambourines,…

1620px LucbanQuezonChurchjf8821 07 LUKBAN (A Fragment)

LUKBAN (A Fragment)

By Luis G. Dato Lukban, you are the stirring of many summer dawns, You are a giant dahlia upon the clefted lawns, Your breezes are the spirit of princesses unseen, Aroma of the aeons and aeons that have been. There…

stephentalla Body and soul to me she shall surrender And I to h 6441d66b e957 4442 8c64 8bbe2fc8a23b SONNET FROM BAUDELAIRE

SONNET FROM BAUDELAIRE

by Luis G. Dato “The Child shall be my own,” the moon in tender And venomous commiseration saith, “And she shall take the loveliness of death, Death’s countenance, her raiment of pale splendour; Body and soul to me she shall…

Gregorio del Pilar and his troops around 1898 TIRAD PASS

TIRAD PASS

By Luis G. Dato By frowning hills and mountains Nippon has Builded her eyries dyed with innocent blood, She soared above the raging ocean’s flood, To light on corpses bared by rain and grass Those cliffs to us are holy,…

TO BONIFACIO

TO BONIFACIO

By Luis G. Dato Plebian Sire, who Freedom’s bolo drew, Whose cry to battle death to tyrant’s told, Whose hero soul can still our conscience hold With the same power that Tondo’s rebels knew. Who rose compelling high among the…

stephentalla Filipino Jose Rizal as a child being taught by mot e6724b80 c9a9 410b 98c1 6b55d7015dad OF RIZAL LET IT BE SAID

OF RIZAL LET IT BE SAID

By Luis G. Dato Of Bagumbayan’s hero let us speak That future generations may with faith Abiding and eternal offer love Eternal and abiding. Liberty Which he espoused let not this late appear As lighted candle which moth’s wings must…

vietnam

VIETNAM

By Luis G. Dato On Vietnam’s marshes, set against dark hills, War inexorable goes on apace The torch to keep that lights the human race, Against the foe whose march insidious kills. Here is grim destiny, fierce minds, strong wills,…

SONNETS OF LIBERATION by Luis Dato

SONNETS OF LIBERATION

by Luis G. Dato I Over the isles and oceans from the west And east, her armies surged, each echelon Landing as clockwork clicking with the dawn, Obedient to Fate’s summons, Time’s behest. Ally long missed, a much awaited guest,…

stephentalla Upon these deeps in days remotely old A dauntless 6f00bc3b 3e80 4f16 80ae a95e6336dadd ARGONAUTS

ARGONAUTS

By Luis G. Dato I From Asia’s teeming highlands, coasts, and bays,They ploughed the outmost rim of ocean foam,In pathless deeps envisioning their home,Where suns perennial drop unsalted rays,They ventured from the people-trodden ways,And in their light, swift-winged barangays,The seas…

error: Diri ngani kiton!!