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 27, 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 #28 titled Fishing. Enjoy!


It’s six o’clock in the morning
And I can hear my father gathering his fishing gear.
Yesterday he caught 10 palakse’*
But they were so lean
Perhaps tomorrow he’ll have a better catch.
His favorite place to fish is at the Tumon reef
But sometimes he fishes at Agana with his pare*
He told me today that he would get a good catch
And I believe him because he said the sky told him so.
© mnrivera and ltgumataotao

*pare: close friend, *palakse’: parrot fish

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

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