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 #15 titled Manamko and Parents. Enjoy!
Manamko and Parents
Respetu* for your elders is a must
I’ve often been told
And be sure to amen* them as well.
Don’t talk back to your mother, father, or manamko*
For that is a form of disrespect.
Don’t complain and please obey them too.
Though our elders
May constantly bring up their past disadvantages
And relate it to our responsibilities and advantages
Listen to them, be kind and thoughtful
Because they speak of wisdom and lessons
That they’ve learned from their past.
© mnrivera and ltgumataotao
*amen: A term used with children when directing them to kiss the hand of an elder.
Source: Our Native Daughters’ Reflection of Guam and Its People by Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera and Lois Taitano Gumataotao