Early in the morning my mom and dad
Would go out in the field of our lancho*
In that hot, glaring sun
They would work even harder.
When I see drops of sweat fall from their forehead
I can tell it’s time to give them a glass of ice-cold water.
They grow various golai*
Guam residents love to eat –
Cucumbers, eggplants, tomatoes, and beans.
Farming is a family event too
For my brothers, my sister, and I also help my parents.
We hand them a shovel or two
And help them pick golai that are ready to eat.
Farming is hard work
But it’s something that must be done
To put food on the table for all of us.
© mnrivera and ltgumataotao
Source: Our Native Daughters’ Reflection of Guam and Its People by Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera and Lois Taitano Gumataotao