’T is time this heart indifferent
To love so long,
Should rise from slumber impotent,
And stroll among
The gardens that are heaven sent.
The butterflies’ unholy quest
From vase to pot
For wine within the petal’s nest,
Will guide me not
As it profanely guides the rest.
But it is time this heart so long
For years and years, should stroll along
Where Cupid went
One day, and listened to his song.
From Manila: A Collection of Verse (Imp. Paredes, Inc., 1926) by Luis Dato. This poem is in the public domain.