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