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

Saturday, September 20, 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 #23 titled Aga’. Enjoy!


My favorite fruit is aga’* or banana as we know it.

We grew many banana trees on our Malesso lancho*

And you would always find some aga’

On our wooden kitchen table.

My mom made bunelos aga’* and madoya*

That made my mouth water

Just by the smell of them being cooked.

And eating the aga’ plain doesn’t bother me at all

Because it’s the easiest dessert I can grab to eat.

So, if ever you want a simple dessert to eat

Why not pick up an aga’ treat?

© mnrivera and ltgumataotao

*aga’: banana (ripe)

*lancho: ranch

*bunelos aga’: banana doughnuts

*bonelos aga: banana donuts

*madoya: fried banana dessert made with a mixture of flour, milk, and eggs

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

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