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 #5 titled Typhoons. Enjoy!


Those strong, turbulent mangló*
That strike with no remorse
Frequent our island year after year.
Some of the typhoons that I recall include
Karen, Pamela, Gay, Sharon, Olive, Wendy, Omar,
And there’s even Paka, Cha’ta’an, and Pongsona.
Though these typhoons
Have dampered our spirits with its destruction
We, as a people,
Unite together as one
To pick up the pieces
To rebuild our lives
With undying support from each other.
So though typhoons come and go
I love my island of Guam
For I possess that island spirit
That will never fade.
Even if typhoons come along the way
I know one thing is for sure –
I love my island forever more!
© mnrivera and ltgumataotao

*mangló: winds

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

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