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-Joaquin Nangauta Naputi

"Be the change you want to see in the world."
-Mahatma Gandhi

Tuesday, September 30, 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 #31 titled Wedding. Enjoy!


The umakamo’* is a memorable event –
Just look at the nobia*
She’s dressed up in a lovely, glimmering, white dress.
Her name is Juanita
And she’s as beautiful as can be.
And look at Miguel
He’s the most handsome nobiu* I’ve ever seen.
He’s dressed in a black suit that has just been pressed.
But aside from the nobia and nobiu
You’ll notice the band playing a cha-cha song.
Everyone is dancing to the beat of Nobia Kahulo*
And are happy as can be.
But, oh, look at that gorgeous table setting
With ruffle decorations and a lovely lace table cover.
There you can find some delicious fiesta food
Like hot kelaguen, steaming red rice, barbecue chicken,
And so much more!
© mnrivera and ltgumataotao

*umakamo’: wedding
*nobia: bride
*nobiu: groom
*Nobia Kahulo: Chamorro wedding song meaning, Bride Wake Up

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

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