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-Joaquin Nangauta Naputi

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-Mahatma Gandhi

Saturday, August 09, 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 #14 titled Flores. Enjoy!


My favorite flores* is the plumeria
With its sweet smell of serenity
That’ll freshen your day.
Then there’s the pleasant smell of jasmine
That vibrantly lifts your spirit.
The ginger, too, can be smelled
With its strong and flavorful scent.

Guam’s natural beauty also includes
The spectacular bloom of the hibiscus
With its wondrous and colorful sight.
And one can’t forget Guam’s territorial flower –
The puti tai nobio* –
Which gives our island that heavenly touch
Of exquisite hues.
© mnrivera and ltgumataotao

*flores: flower
* puti tai nobio: bougainvillea

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

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