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Monday, September 22, 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 #24 titled Sirena. Enjoy!
There’s a popular legend we have here on Guam
Of a beautiful and young native girl
Who had lovely long, black hair.
Her name was Sirena and she was a playful girl
Who loved to swim all day long.
When sent out to do errands
You can bet
She’d first take a swim in the river.
It’s been told that one day
Sirena's mother became very impatient
For she couldn’t stand Sirena swimming most of the day
When errands had to be done.
So one day came when she cursed Sirena into a fish.
But thanks to Sirena’s nina*
The curse was stopped halfway.
To this day, we hear about Sirena,
As a beautiful creature – half woman and half fish.
Her mother never saw her again
And wished she never said the curse
For tears of sadness flowed endlessly
As Sirena disappeared among the waves.
They say that Sirena has visited different places
Where she stopped vessels that came her way.
And it is believed
That this beautiful creature can be caught
Only with a net made of human hair.
© mnrivera and ltgumataotao
Source: Our Native Daughters’ Reflection of Guam and Its People by Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera and Lois Taitano Gumataotao