Be the change you want to see in this world

"Winning starts in the mind. Whatever the mind can conceive, it will achieve."
-Joaquin Nangauta Naputi

"Be the change you want to see in the world."
-Mahatma Gandhi

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hafa Adai! As part of my commitment to continue to share cultural poems relating to our beautiful island of Guam and its people, here’s Korasón Poem #4 titled Singing. Enjoy!


Kuma kanta* is a way of life for us
Whether it be to sing magof pot triste songs.
Chamorro fishermen sing songs to bring them luck
And the Chamorro lovers
Would sing songs that warm the heart.
We sing songs in our churches
In our storytelling, fiestas, and dancing, too.
Our songs reflect how we feel
And can sometimes point out a moral
As we sing songs
That are deeply meaningful to our heart!
© mnrivera and ltgumataotao

*Kuma kanta: singing
*magof pot triste: happy or sad

Source: Our Native Daughters’ Reflection of Guam and Its People by Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera and Lois Taitano Gumataotao

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