~ Hafa Adai ~ Kaselehlie ~ Ran Annim ~ Tuwoh  ~ Mogethin ~ Alii ~ Yokwe ~     

 

Welcome to the Micronesian Poets Club!

 

We hope that you will be inspired and enjoy your visit here on our special online anthology!  Here you'll find poetry of various topics that stir the minds and touches the souls of  poets from around the Micronesian Islands!  It is our mission to showcase Micronesia's literature talents in the beautiful interwoven lines of poetry.  All poems are copyrighted and reflect the opinions of their respective authors, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Micronesian Poets Club.  Any reproduction of any of the poems is prohibited by law, unless you obtain written permission from the poets.  If you wish to share an inspirational poem or two, send an e-mail with the words "poem submission" in the subject area, along with your name/pen name, poem, village, and inspirational message (required) to the Web Master at mnrivera1@yahoo.com Please note that poems will be reviewed for appropriateness, so please ensure that they can be viewed by all audiences.

 ~ Si Yu’os Ma’ase’ ~  Kinissow ~ Kommol ~

~ Mesulang ~ Kalahngan ~ Kammagar ~



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WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

FAMILY LITERACY

ABSOLUTE BEAUTY

Måttochihu

CAPTAIN OF MY HEART

ANGELIC EYES

MY POETRY

READING IS THE KEY

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

LET US FIND THE WAY

AGE IS BUT A NUMBER

A KISS

A DEDICATION TO MY DEAREST TEACHER

A DEDICATION TO MY WONDERFUL TEACHER!

Island Girl Power

As I Walk Through Life

Missed Chances 

Chamorro Identity and Fate

My Cherished Friend

All Life Starts With Four Worlds

Your Health

My Devotion To You

Beautiful Place

THE COOLNESS ECHO

COOLNESS AND SWEETNESS

MY DEAREST

No Worries Here

You Light up My Life

THE VIRTUAL COUPLE

COOLNESS IN POETRY

MY LIFE WITHOUT YOU

LOVE

I'LL MISS YOU MY DEAR

WHAT IS LOVE?

 BEST FRIENDS FOREVER

 THE PAST IS THE PAST

 DON’T HATE, APPRECIATE

 I WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL

MY FRIEND

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

 *LIFE*

 EXTINCTION

 HEART AT PLAY

 THE TRUE KING

 *HAPPINESS*

 BROTHER

 GRADUATION

 THE WISE ONE

 

SOVEREIGNTY

LIFE

 LOVE

 JOB

 DESTINY

LEARN TO LIVE WHAT LIFE HAS TO OFFER

WHY IS LIFE WORTH LIVING

 UNREACHABLE

 THE LIGHT

 IN THE MIND

 EN100

 I’M NOT IN A HURRY

THEN CAME ONE NIGHT

A PART OF YOU

 IF ONLY I COULD SING

 TRUE

 LESSONS FROM LIFE

 NEVER AGAIN

 MRS. ZENNI

MY MOM, MY INSPIRATION

 NEVER LOSE FAITH IN YOURSELF

 JUDGMENT

 HAPPINESS

COURAGE

 FOR YOU

 LIFE IS WORTH LIVING

 KEEP GOING

 THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE

 A LETTER TO MY SON

 NEVER GIVE UP

 STICKING WITH IT

 HEALING

 RESPECT

WHY DO THEY DO IT?

 A GIFT FROM GOD

A MARRIAGE PRAYER

YEARS TOGETHER

 THE ARMY

 THE ISLAND

 THE CYCLE OF LIFE

MISSED OPPORTUNITY

 CHERISHED MEMORIES

 

»»Dr. Rivera's Special Publication at the age of 16««

 


 

WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

 

 

Do your best

In all that you say

In all that you do

To make your life worth living

To make a difference in the lives of others.
 
Realize that you're important to someone

And your genuine help from the kindness of your heart
To pick up others when the odds are stacked up against them
Gives them hope when they have none.
 
Remember…

If you help out others with no expectations in return
Then your life will be enriched with abundant goodness
And perhaps one day someone will be there for you too.
 
Living life right
Sacrificing even it hurts so much
Taking on meaningful challenges that may stab your heart a bit at times
All the while striving to be on the side with one's angel
Whom absorbs the goodness of your beautiful soul
Enables you to live a life that matters.
 
Keeping up the faith
Working as brothers and sisters
To make this world a better place
Moves a nation and heals our souls -
Tis the power of unity!
 
Remember that beauty is not dependent on your looks or wealth
But who you are deep within -
A remarkable and beautiful person filled with so much love to spread
Filled with inspirational momentum
To help others because you truly do care
Because you know it's the right thing to do
To make a difference!
 
And though you're hurting
Though your life is filled with strife that strikes your gentle soul
Sometimes you have to let things go even if you’re hurting deep inside.
You have to release your hold
And let things be
Because maybe it was never meant to be.

 

Sometimes you have to realize that you can’t take things for granted
Because when you least expect it
What you thought you had can be suddenly stolen
As if someone pulled the carpet fast from under your feet.

You have to hold your head up high even if you would rather cry.
You see, life can be very cruel
And it won’t get any better
Unless you move on with your life
Cut your losses
Invest in hope and faith
And with each day you’ll get stronger, and stronger, and stronger…

 

Grasp and gain the strength from deep within and trust in God
To live a life that makes a difference -
Tis the wonderful gift of life!
So join me, if you will and
Let's live a life that matters

Because together…

We can make a difference!

©mnrivera

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Together, We Can Make A Difference!!

 

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  FAMILY LITERACY

 

F amily Literacy

A lways will remain

M eaningful as can be

I n this ever-changing society.

L isten, read, write, and learn with each passing day --

Y ou can do it!

 

 

L et your life be enriched

I  n literacy and beyond because,

T ogether as a family

E verything will naturally work out for the better.

R emember...

A bove all...

C onsistency is the key.

Y ou and I can make positive things happen for Family Literacy!

©mnrivera

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Family Literacy is essential in today's society.  

Together, we can do it!  Let's make positive things happen!

 

 


 

ABSOLUTE BEAUTY

 

Graceful…

    Elegant….

Refined..

 

Absolute Beauty….

 

Endless colorful meadows of fragranced carpeting afar

Treasures you bare exhaust my mind to ponder of the immensity

Bestow o’er Thy intimates; your people such to those deserving

 

Ah, yes deserving…. all who are worthy… invitations self-made

…..realize then laypeople, lest you apologize….

Set your table, eat of the repast you have prepared

Kneed the pillows; where your head shall find comfort

 

….mind your contentment and the value of your life…

I say to you….exists a place where Love identifies no boundaries

Finally affection shall be birthed eternal in truth

Thus the absence of temptation, ‘lone the effortless rejection of malevolence

 

Heav’n!

          Spirits alive, once soul mates on earth reunited-possess a cultured purity

 

Perpetual is

           Absolute Beauty….

 

Graceful…

     Elegant…

            Refined…

                   find your peace

 

©Tanya Muna

Mangilao, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  What beauty awaits beyond this life comes from your faith.

 


 

CAPTAIN OF MY HEART

A vast ocean of blue
Calm inside and renewed
consumes my love for an island's native born
Skin of sparkling sands
Eyes the sun adorned
Brings visions of riches, untold
Set asail on this voyage for our union to behold
Fathoms within us
In swells that rise above
Discovering timeless treasures
of our souls
And the depths of our love.
©Arlene Castro

Dededo, Guam


INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Soulful love tenderly sails into timeless treasures.

 


 

Måttochihu

 

Abak yu’ gi I pakyo-mu

Chaochaochao lao suette yu’

Chubasko ya taifitme, Pat osino bei tekuni (hao)

Magof mafoyung-hu, hinalla ya sesso naofrågu (nene)

Måtmos yu’ ya mangge hao? Pinacha’ yu’ lao nao’ao (nene)

Hågu...I chi-hu

Hågu...I chi-hu

 

Taifinakpo’ I tasi, enkubukao-hu taiguini, (ombre)

Sesso un na’kilili, guaha na biahi nai un goggue (yu’)

Na’dafflok yu’ mangguaiya, na’klåru humitå-ta, (sångan)

Kao guahu I amti-mu? Pat Guahu I chetnot-mu? (Fehman)

Hågu...chi-hu

Hågu...chi-hu

 ©Michael Lujan Bevacqua

 

ENGLISH TRANSLATION:

 

Limits

 

I’m lost in your storm

Being tossed around, but still I’m lucky

Nothing is certain in the swirling waters and wind, if it was I would bow my head to you

Happy to be thrown down, pulled and then shipwrecked on the shore

Drowning but where are you? Touched by you, yet I can’t see you

You are...my limit

You are...my limit

 

The sea has no end, my confusion is like that

Sometimes you let me drift away, sometimes you save me

Let me love as much as I want, tell me what have we got

Am I your cure or am I your disease?

You are...my limit

You are...my limit

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Love isn't always what we see in movies, read in poems, or hear in songs.  Sometimes it can be uncertain, unraveling, unnerving.  But when it is like that, like being lost in a storm with no end, sometimes it is better than you can possibly imagine.


 

ANGELIC EYES


Angels are among us now

Giving us a special feeling

Endowed with hope and happiness

Lifting our spirits naturally

In all that we do

Capturing the essence of true virtue.
Each day the angels are watching

You and I
Ensuring that we are safe from harm

So that we may be blessed

With another wonderful day!

©mnrivera

Tamuning, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  The angels abound us and are right by our side.


MY POETRY

My imagination runs wild,
As I grab a pen and write away.
The emotions linger about,
Pushing me to set it free.
It shall be set free in the words that I
write.
It shall be set free in the feelings that I
express.
It shall be set free, just by knowing it is
mine.
My own thoughts,
My own words,
My own feelings --
That in itself is poetry,
Whether it is liked by others or not;
I know this to be true,
That as long as it is dear to my heart,
It's as special as can be,
And no one can deny that it is poetry!

©mnrivera

Tamuning, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Poetry comes naturally from thy heart.


 

READING IS THE KEY

 

Reading is the key

To take you to places far and beyond

To capture your heart

To gain a wealth of knowledge

As you journey into an exciting world

Filled with meaningful words

Found in a book

Found in a magazine

Found in a newspaper

Found in a journal

Found in a comic –

Found in anything with print.

 

Take the time to read.

Read here

Read there

Read anywhere and everywhere

For the stories never cease

And the reading never ends

For the reader with the passion

To read, read, and read!

 

So if you want to go to worthwhile places

And reach the pinnacle of success

You can possess the winning ingredient

By taking the time to READ!

©mnrivera

Tamuning, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Reading is important to get ahead in life!


 

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

E ducational Technology

D ives into a wonderful world of opportunity

U sing technology as a tool that

C aptures the interest of all who

A ct upon the unique needs of our students.

T eaching them effectively by

I ntegrating technology in the curriculum

O pens a global outreach to all by

N avigating with ease

A s communication is enhanced with

L inks that can assist you with a touch of a button, anyday, anytime.

 

T eaching

E ducational Technology

C an facilitate learning in the classroom by

H olding resources that can reinforce skills as we

N avigate

O n the threshold of our Technology Age.

L earning is enhanced with

O pportunities and information resources that

G ive our education a significant boost

Y ou and I can learn from and be proud of!

© mnrivera

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Be abreast of the wonderful world of technology.  Embrace it and you will be endowed with Educational Technology that will enhance your learning, and so much more!

 


 

LET US FIND THE WAY

Let us find the way,

As hard as it may seem.
These fierce emotions I feel,
Are bending and twining me.
I want to be free;
Please let it be--
Can't stand this feeling of melancholy.
As I open my eyes,
I am burdened in deep stings;
That rush through my veins,
Stabbing my heart with no remorse.
Then lo and behold?
I hear those words saying,
"Let us find the way."
Am I hearing right?
Is there really a way to that special light?
A light that shines bright,
Ever so genuine and heavenly-filled.
Lo and behold?
There is such a light!
You grabbed my hand,
You touched my soul,
You touched my heart,
And never did let go.
You told me that we would find that way,
If I could only see within myself,
That a stinging heart is not forever;
For I can be happy--
I can fly freely;
As free as the heavenly angels that fly;
As free as the wind that blows in the air;
As free as the water that runs in our seas.
To be free is to live freely,
Without worries that depress our souls;
We need to see the light and open our minds,
To the beauty embedded within each of us;
For that is the essence that will help us find the way;
The essence of life as it ought to be!

©mnrivera

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  All is possible for those who believe!  YOU CAN DO IT!

 


 

AGE IS BUT A NUMBER

Age is but a number.
It is not an obstacle or barrier;
But it is something which,
Should not really matter.
For the world belongs to anybody who will,
Recognize that now is the time and,
 Here is the place to show how you feel.
So regardless of your age,
The world can be yours if,
You take action in every stage

©mnrivera

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  You can do anything if you put your mind to it!

 


A Kiss

Poetry resides with a kiss
Your lips upon mine- a heavenly bliss
With eyes closed and lips perched
A longing for each other - our hearts have searched.

Poetry resides upon thy very lip
Like sweet wine- enchanting with every sip
Passion felt and a smile lingers
My lips touched by your hands - and then, by your fingers

Poetry resides in the secret places of the heart
A kiss felt with a whisper - here, love has taken part
A yearning to be touched with your lips once again
Forever yours, forever you - you I call my Friend.

Poetry resides in the depths of thy very soul
My love, for you - I freely given my all
When we kiss, it's like we're singing a song
Our lips together - that's where it should belong.

©Tony Mark

Yona, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Poetry is the language of love with no boundaries attached.


A Dedication to My Dearest Teacher…

Thank you for everything

For being the best teacher any child can ask for

For without you,

I wouldn’t be where I’m at now

Without you,

I wouldn’t have the confidence and knowledge

I’ve gained this year.

 

You have truly made a difference in my life

And I can honestly say that I will always remember you

I will always remember how you motivated me

How you never gave up on me

For you demanded the best with special grace

And you knew I had the potential deep down inside

You knew it all along…

 

I want you to know too

That I knew you cared and I love you too!

  ©frivera

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  A teacher who truly cares will not give up on her students.

 


 

A Dedication to My Wonderful Teacher!

Thank you for everything

For motivating me with your special grace

For allowing me to shine and share my talents

I’ve learned so much this year and I will never forget you

I will never forget the special times we’ve shared

Learning the skills so that I can succeed

While also playing games like kick ball; what a blast!

 

You truly are a gem

And I want you to know that no matter what they say

You are the best in every way!

©jrivera

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  A teacher’s grace can do a world of wonders!

 


 

 

ISLAND GIRL POWER

 

Island Girl Power

Oh how I love it so!

Just learning valuable skills

Just making cool friends

Just being myself and knowing that I can make a difference

Has motivated me to soar for success

Because I’m an Island Girl with Power!

©jrivera

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Island Girl Power is Da Bomb!

 


 

As I Walk Through Life

 

As I walk through life
It speeds so fast
As I walk forward
I try to not look at the past.

I try not to remember
How I was before
Just remembering
How I was hurt to the core.

I try to reach my goals
And try to do the best I could
Because all the people say I should.

They say that because I'm smart
And I'm a hard worker
Because I don't full around
Acting like a joker.

©Brandon Lee Cruz

Sinajana, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  As you walk through life, keep your head up high, and achieve your goals! 

 


 

Missed Chances

 

Funny thing about life

Is the purpose you find

From living it.

 

Learning from such
Changes in atmosphere

Of the mood.

 

It’s like this poem

Either smooth and understandable
Or just plain old crude.

 

A poets dream is not only the name I hold

But it is the meaning of the myth

That I am told.

 

The myth of long time lovers

And short time ones in the heritage I come from…

Between the great poets and the lovers in my line…
I know I will never be able to match even with time.

 

LOL..It is funny that this all seems to rhyme

Well I guess soon you will hear

The words I have said

But none of the ones I needed to say in this line.

 

So I end this pitiful attempt to be heard

And from this Hello,

Take care…and last good bye…

You will hear not one more word!!!!!

This is the chance I missed

Only for this time...

Or did I?

©Bryan C. Aguero

Yona, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  If you wait and wait, you will miss your chance your opportunity, only for this time...

 


 

Chamorro Identity and Fate

 

The clock has ticked passed twelve, a thousandfold

My identity still not known

So I have been told.  

 

I’ve pondered and wondered over the label I must acquire.

And, to no avail –

No clan to claim,

No tribe to trace,

Not even a one to admire.  

 

I’ve been told of the stories of my Chamorro history

Of the proas and the lattes

And my origin – A mystery. 

 

But who do I claim to be?

This question I pose internally.

What can I claim?

Where do I belong?

It should come naturally. 

 

Yes! Here I stand.

This Chamorro American!

With 2nd class citizenship and colonial bondage,

Without title to any land?  

 

But this is America?

Home of the brave and the land of the free

I am a U.S. Chamorita of the Marianas

Without political identity.  

 

I’ve heard the cries and have felt the tears

Of my elders sufferage

Through the occupation and then liberation

Claiming U.S. patronage.

 

So what becomes of my people in this unincorporated territory?

Am I to sit and be content?

Just mindful of the story?  

Of commonwealths and statehoods and free association

Forgetting that there are liberties and equalities

Guaranteed by the American Nation?  

 

Still, here I am…

This poem I write

Still wondering and pondering my fate 

Hoping for the day to come

When my children won’t have to wait.

©lsanagustin

Toto, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Lingering hope remains with sentiments that the fate of future generations will not be sacrificed.

 


 

 
 
When I thought of you today
There were chills up and down my spine
It felt as if you were with me
As if you were reading my mind
I needed to feel your presence
I've just been feeling so blue
Somehow I think you knew that
My life is so lonely without you
I remembered the last of your days
And I wished I had said it then
That your love meant the world to me
And I couldn't stand just being friends
Though it's too late to feel remorse
Each day is filled with regret
I know your spirit is with me
Our cherished friendship I shall never forget
 ©Sandra Gray Santos
Dededo, Guam 
 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Don't wait until it's too late to tell someone how you feel.  You might not get a second chance.

 


 

ALL LIFE STARTS WITH FOUR WORLDS

 

All life starts out with four worlds,

From start to finish flourish and nourish.

Path of life is left in your hands for you to choose upon its whirl,

Where it lands no one knows till they come to know whom they cherish.

 

Cradled in subtle warmth and comfort I enter,

Peeking my face out to see and feel the coldness of a New World.

Welcomed fresh, clean and innocent I claim my gender.

I twist this way and that bellowing my lungs till they fold.

 

Rich is this world yet so ripe with life,

Warmth and comfort keep me as happy as a monkey in the tree.

Swinging this way and that living without even but a slice of strife,

Such a marvel that my surroundings calls to explore to infinity.

 

Curious are my senses given to me

Using them to learn, feel, see, hear, taste and smell.

From within they grow towards the outside for only me to see.

Tangible I come to know like honey is sweet and like pain is hell.

 

I know step into my second world,

Where sounds are life and brains are might.

Challenges I welcome to both win and loose twofold,

Two feet will take me far I know with help from inside.

 

Knowledge and structure poured from above,

By hands of loving parents blessed to me.

Strict as stone and guiding they embrace in love,

Right from wrong is their judgement guiding me in my spree.

 

Now walking stepping into my third world,

Bringing life and limb and all that’s within.

I so quietly begin to sing beneath a breath of words,

Words rising from the deep cavern of my mind, body and souls din.

 

I sit here now with all that I bring forth,

Don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow.

All senses checked and ready to go,

My souls wandering to paths shrouded in mysterious glories and sorrow.

 

From the deep warm cradle of the womb,

To the present day sensation of this world I stand on now.

The feeling of cold to warm, and hot as a fission bomb,

I wonder what my last world brings in a quizzical frown.

 

From within I suppose I can now look and say,

I am serious, amorous, and romantic, boring, and thoughtful perhaps.

So too am I compassionate, comprehending and full of many silly plays.

Pessimism, fear and doubts, and some angers also make me collapse

 

Learning how to cook I shall this delicious life of my dish,

Full of sweet and sour and some so spicy drooling one to devour.

Heart, soul, body and mind while reading this menu makes one wish,

And think how to consume this whole dish piled as high as a tower.

 

This is the meal now and present in my world,

This third world from birth, to child, and now to adult.

Brought up with love and understanding, acceptance and rebellion,

I too hold within me these qualities that I hope never molt.

 

The fourth world is that I wish not to ascend to yet,

For this world suits me with comfort, blessings, and life.

When it’ll come I wish not to think about and wont let,

For then it’ll be a matter of heaven and hell to either fly up or dive.

©Farid Cheena

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Our life in four worlds -- live them to the fullest!

 


 

Your Health

 

Live each day with care,

And take time to smell the fresh air.

Don’t overwork yourself –

Take care of thyself.

Eat the right foods,

For it does affect your moods.

If you have a problem, tell a friend you trust,

For you’ll feel better at the end.

Exercise each day,

In a suitable way.

Get enough sleep,

But don’t oversleep.

Remember that your health,

Is your greatest wealth.

©mnrivera

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Take care of thyself to live a more vibrant life!

 


 

MY DEVOTION TO YOU

 

          From time infinitum you’ve been always here and true,

Since our very first words you’ve been innocent and pure.

          So sweet your words like a tender rhapsody,

Every word you speak and write, hear and say brings me to reality.

 

          Putting together my world is not simple you know,

Now that you are here there shines a light from beyond showing me how.

          So far and few between are the pieces I seek to put in place,

Some near and some distant for you this reality I will face and make.

 

          Fears and doubts rings a chorus of echoes,

Past brings present sailing in the wind of future questions.

          Your sweet friendly touch slaps me hard to answer my lying,

Not knowing why my heart does this to you I can feel your heart crying.

 

          You are as smooth as the delicate softness of a spiders silk,

I am as rough as hard grained sandpaper, our friction not to our liking.

          When we make contact it may be different for myriad of reasons,

Know this, that sandpaper looses its teeth and turns into bare gums easy

 

          Slowly you change me this way and that,

Let it not be that I loose your most precious virtue you hold tight.

          This trust so blind I hold deep within me so strongly,

True trust is a mountain made by two and thus is so holy.

 

          Each a grain of sand builds upon a grain of sand,

Time and strength make it known that this shall stand.

          Let it not be that I bring down upon this mountain of light,

 With hammers and shards of lightning in darkness that fray our might.

 

          Pounding into this mountain nails of dissention,

One that hurts and comes so close to your heart this is not my intention.

          Each time there cannot be a second chance,

Deep promise and apology never I wish for these to be taken at a glance.

 

          Don’t change one bit in thought and deed,

I will change completely from inside out all for you alone to see.

          From great struggles come the sweetest victories,

This path we take let us leave all that’s down and sour in memories.

 

          A nectarous friendly unique bond there is to come,

One filled with your charm, grace and taste in life’s everyday fun.

          From bottom up I will rise with you alongside,

With all that’s good and loving and pure and surely we’ll sail life’s tide.

          Let us both hold the hand of ticking time,

Watching as hands hit their mark and its singing bird come out to shine.

©Farid Cheena

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  One's soul is devoted to another so divine when love is ever present, no matter the time.

 


 

BEAUTIFUL PLACE

 

You took my hand and led me away

To a place too beautiful for words.

Not to a place with sights or sounds,

But to a place full of love and devotion.

No maps or directions,

Just you and me on a trail of love.

There have been storms along the way,

Along with many sunny days.

No matter which way we've turned,

We have turned to each other.

The long road ahead --

We will travel it together.

It is a beautiful place.

©Wini Lasaten

Dededo, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  This poem is for anyone whose ever been in love, and remembered how beautiful of a place being in love is. 

 


 

THE COOLNESS ECHO

 

In the dark bellowing night

Springs forth an echo

Ringing in my ears,

“Where is this coolness I’ve been hearing of?  Does it really exist?”

 

With each resounding

The echo beckons to be heard

From every spectrum

From every coolness angle that abundantly exists

Among those who possess the coolness touch.

Seek and you shall find

Ask and you shall receive

Stay coolness and you will be endowed

With that coolness sensation

Only resolved for the coolest of them all

And the answer has come forth with the familiar adage:

“Coolness abounds us!”

©mnrivera

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Coolness abounds those who genuinely seek it.

 


 

COOLNESS AND SWEETNESS

 

Coolness

Sweetness

Together they are the best!

 

May your life be enriched with the coolness that abounds us

And may the sweetness be added to give it some flavor

To show that life, as challenging as it may be,

Is really worth living,

So it shall be.

©mnrivera

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Empower yourself with Coolness and Sweetness!

 


 

MY DEAREST

 

My Dearest is one of a kind,

Enduring through the realm of time.

He’s as cool as can be,

Bringing smiles to you and me.

I will never forget his charm,

And how he touched my soul.

He is one of a kind, you know –

No one else can match his wit.

I thank God for him,

For he’s a blessing as true as can be!

©mnrivera

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Blessings are one of a kind.

 


 

NO WORRIES HERE

 

Let’s live our life to the fullest,

As hard as it may seem.

No worries here,

It’s as simple as that.

We want happiness, not sadness –

I’m sure you’ll agree.

Challenges are set before us,

Not to merely sulk and complain of,

But rather to make us as strong as can be.

So be strong and wise –

Don’t give up without trying.

Hey, there are no worries here,

For I’m as focused as can be.

I will show the world,

That I will SUCCEED!

©mnrivera

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Refrain from worrying to ease your mind, and do your best to achieve success!

 


 

YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE

 

You light up my life,

More than words can ever say.

You bring meaning to each day,

And inspire me to go beyond.

I thank you for truly being there –

My life wouldn’t be the same without you.

 

It is you who makes me WHOLE,

It is you who makes me HAPPY.

You embody my MIND, BODY and SPIRIT –

You will always be a part of me.

 

Rain or shine,

Whether good or bad,

We’ll make it work!

Our love will withstand the test of time,

For it’s our destiny you see –

We were simply meant to be.

You light up my life,

More than words can ever say.

©mnrivera

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  True love is a rarity that completes your soul. 

 


 

THE VIRTUAL COUPLE

 

They were in the chat room one day,

And were in their own little world.

I knew it from the start you see,

Because they didn’t really pay attention to you or me.

The love they had for each other was amazing,

I can see it in their words, in their expressions!

They should have been in a private chat room instead,

For the words they said were as romantic as can be.

Obviously they weren’t meant for you or me.

They were a virtual couple,

For I sensed it from the start.

May their lives be filled with merriment,

And may their love for each other never part.

©mnrivera

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Virtual couples have a language of their own.

 


 

COOLNESS IN POETRY

 

Cool as can be,

Often I see,

Opportunity awaits us,

Let your mind run free.

Never forget this,

Even when you’re feeling blue.

There’s someone out there who cares for YOU!

 

In the deep blue sea,

Nothing can stop you now…

People everywhere can see,

Out there exists,

Endless moments,

To be free as a bird,

Roaming around saying,

“You know that Coolness abounds us!”

©mnrivera

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  If you search hard enough, you’ll find that Coolness abounds us!

 


 

MY LIFE WITHOUT YOU

 

I’ve lost my best friend…

What went wrong?

We said we’d be there for each other,

Forever and ever.

And look at us now,

We’re not seeing eye to eye,

Chat to chat,

Or even saying a simple hello.

How can that be?

I know in my heart,

I know in my soul,

That this feeling of sorrow I have,

Will continue to grow.

But I will look forward

I will look beyond.

 

Someone once told me that life can be positive,

If you make it to be!

This pain is one that will make me stronger,

As they all say.

So I shall try my BEST,

And may God work his mysterious ways –

The ways of his everlasting love;

To bring me the happiness I deserve.

So though I’ll miss you,

Perhaps it’s for the better.

You have left me for a reason…

You will form your own path…

I, too, will go on –

I WILL MAKE MY LIFE THE BEST!

©mnrivera

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  You are stronger than you think you are.  Make your life worth living!

 


 

LOVE

 

Love is special

Love is kind

Love is knowing that you’re mine.

I’m yours too,

As you can plainly see.

We were meant to be –

Just you and me!

©mnrivera

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Love is a treasure that is shared with one’s heart.

 


 

I’LL MISS YOU MY DEAR

 

I’ll miss you my Dear

From the depths of my soul

These tears I shed I just can’t help

For it’s hard to imagine that you’re going away

It’s hard to imagine that we’ll be apart.

 

But with each sob

I can hear you gently say

As you place your hand over my heart

That we’ll always be together

No matter how many miles apart we are.

 

Yet I know that life is like this at times

That you must go

At least for now

For anything worthwhile is a journey

Anything worthwhile must be sought.

 

I’ll remember you always

The good times we shared

And how you easily made me smile

Just having you near and looking into your tender eyes

Knowing that you cared for me

With your gentle ways and encouraging talks

That kept me on my toes and warmed my heart.

 

The hardships we conquered

The happy times we spent together

Will never be forgotten

Will always be a part of me

For you’ve carved a special place in my heart

With that woodsmith quality of yours

Ever so gifted, special, and unique

With a craftsmanship that will forever remain

A masterpiece, a genuine work from the heart.

 

So my Dear

Don’t ever forget me

For I’ll never forget a friend as special as you

And I’ll be here if you ever come back

I”ll be here to start where we left off

Remembering that a friendship as strong as ours is one of a kind

One that will endure the test of time.

©mnrivera

Tamuning, Guam

 

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  True friends, though miles away, will always be with you in heart.

 


 

WHAT IS LOVE?

 What is love?

If I may ask.

Does it fall from above?

Or wear a mask?

 

A word so simple

Yet a meaning so strong

A wonderful feeling

What else can go wrong?

 

So it is love

That wears a mask

It does fall from above

Because it’s God that I ask.

ÓCamille Glory

Dededo,Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE: Remember that God is the one who gave you the wonderful feeling of love, so it is him that you should love above all things.

 


 

 BEST FRIENDS FOREVER

 Best friends forever,

That’s what we said.

Nothing whatsoever,

Is left unsaid.

 

Since the day that met

We both had to accept,

That promises and secrets

Are always kept.

 

Near or far,

Wherever we are.

Our friendship will last,

Just like it did in the past.

ÓCamille Glory

Dededo,Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE: It doesn’t matter how far you and your friend can be, just remember the “friendship” is never that far.

   


 

 THE PAST IS THE PAST

You remember all the bad things

That happened in the past

Friends, love, and flings

The ones that didn’t last.

 

All the jealousy and hatred

And holding a grudge

Is all the things that is left unsaid

Or even misjudged.

 

The past is the past that I know

The hardest part is trying to let go

The memories may seem

To haunt you in your sleep.

 

The secret though

Is not to let it get to you

Just go with the flow

And let it blow through.

ÓCamille Glory

Dededo,Guam

  INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE: Don’t let the past ruin your future.

  


 

 DON’T HATE, APPRECIATE

 Don’t take for granted

The life you live

Don’t take for granted

The love they give.

 

Don’t take for granted

The opportunities you get

Don’t take for granted

The people you met.

 

Be thankful

For everything you’ve got

Because it is wonderful

Try and give it one more shot.

ÓCamille Glory

Dededo,Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE: Appreciate everything you’ve got because others would be just thankful if they manage to survive.

   


 

I WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL

I want to be a doctor,

I want to be a nurse,

I want to the one

I want to be the first.

 

I want to be famous,

I want to be a star,

I want to be the one

That has the coolest car.

 

I want to be a business woman

I want to be on top

I want to be the one

I want to be a cop.

 

What do I have to do

To get want I want?

I have to go to school

And finish what I start.

 

School is cool

That’s what the kids say

Education is the key

To a very successful way.

ÓCamille Glory

Dededo,Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Education is the key to success.

   


 

MY FRIEND

 That's okay Sweetie

Everything is going to be alright.

I Lied.

Lately there has been no spirit

Reflected in your eyes.

 

It's time my friend, my love

To say goodbye, but who am I

To say who lives and who dies?

 

The vet injected the poison into her vein.

Her heartbeat stopped, and

Something inside of me died.

 

©John Ananich

Dededo, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  A life of happiness makes an imprint in the heart that a moment of sorrow can never fill.

  


 

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

 My grandfather grew weary of the (NMI) insertion.

He swore that all his children would have middle names.

He named my father, and my father named me after

his best friend and drinking buddy

Albert.

 

He loved them both, Albert and drinking.

Albert played the trumpet and

grandpa played the clarinet.

 

Both went off to war in 1941 and

retired their instruments.

Years later at grandpa's funeral

taps said the final farewell

in the way that only taps can do.

 

The music blended with the moment

and sanctified it.

That was Albert on the trumpet.

I stood there and listened

to the Albert in me say goodbye

to the John (NMI) in

ME.

 ©John Ananich

Dededo, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Friendship and hardship go hand in hand.  To love, to live, to later say goodbye and we shall meet again.

 


 

 *LIFE*

 I have spent a lifetime in pursuit of something,

But on my road to tomorrow

I always end up in today.

 

The redundancy of the day consumes me,

Conforms my future to my past,

Imprisons my ambitions

In a cell of daily predictability.

 

It seems I am destined to repeat yesterday endlessly.

Today I look back at a lifetime of routine.

Somewhere lost in that routine is

Everything I had hoped to be.

Everything I intended to do.

Everything important left undone.

So I must do what I can

To make my life as perfect as can be.

 ©John Ananich

Dededo, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  The time spent in mindful content of productivity seems to pacify my convictions that life is but an endless struggle of perfection.

 


 

  EXTINCTION

 How really sad it must be.

To be the last of a dying breed.

Nobody left but me.

 

The landscape of life will be

Diversified by one less degree

For eternity.

 

And the brightness of life –

That was me.

Will be gone in the interest of

Greed.

©John Ananich

Dededo, Guam

  INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Life is better exhausted with the accepted wisdom of the beauty and quality of existence, not trapped in the thought of quantity.

    


 

HEART AT PLAY

 Love is a memory you save

Indistinct and fragmented like a dream

It’s not ever really what it seems

Grasp it and it begins to fade.

 

Remembrance of the heart at play

Is real at any age

Wouldn’t you say?

This is what my mind conveys

Passion does wane with age

But love, true love

Grows and never ever fades away.

 

©John Ananich

Dededo, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  To love someone is to dream them, to have proposed my life’s imperfections to another and receive love in return.  To my friend and you know who you are.  I do.

  


 

 THE TRUE KING

 I the son of a powerful king,

I obey with no remorse

My team always accomplishes our goals

Accepting a few losses

We still achieve success

When I tell my father that we succeeded

He looks at me and tells me, “You still haven’t learned.”

It is as if everything I do for him is a failure

I have achieved many a feat but still

I feel empty inside

I finally question him, “Why won’t you appreciate me?”

He tells me, “You may succeed at your goals but at what cost?”

“I am not the true king of this village,” he says.

“I am more like its guardian. The true king of this village

Are its children and their future.”

With this message he has bestowed

I know I must prevail

To become a stronger and wiser man

To break down adversity

And be a true King!

©Daniel Quitugua

Dededo, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  It does not matter how big or small a sacrifice may be. It is still a loss if you don’t overcome adversity. Depending on the situation you should always try to succeed or risk the chance of the greatest loss.

  


 

*HAPPINESS*

 Loads of cash, a ton of swag

Does that mean I’m really happy?

Million dollar cars, beautiful girls

Does that mean I’m really happy?

Beachfront homes, private jets

Does that mean I’m really happy?

I compare myself to a poor man in the park

Who smiles at everyone who passes.

I question, “What makes him happy, what makes him smile?”

I go up to him and ask him.

He tells me, “It is not what you have that makes one happy.”

“It is what you do that matters.”

“And that’s usually something that makes others happy.”

©Daniel Quitugua

Dededo, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  I usually take what I have for granted. I sometimes complain about these remedial things. As I got older I began to understand how lucky I was to have what I have. I also would like to tell those who still complain, think about those who have nothing and still manage to make the best of their life.

   


 

BROTHER

We fuss, we fight

We argue over who is wrong or who is right

We complain who is doing what

We pretty much kick each other’s butt

We say stupid things that we sometimes regret

But most of the time we usually just forget

We hang as friends, kick back and enjoy the breeze

Till one of us flips and starts to attack or tease

No matter what problems we would encounter

We got each other’s back

It’s not that we are weak or tender

Because that’s just whack

To some we can come off as awkward

And we completely agree

But no matter what problems we head toward

Forever and ever brothers we’ll be

©Daniel Quitugua

Dededo, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  You may have a family member who sometimes teases or stresses you out, but it’s not because they hate you. Actually, it is completely the opposite. They care for you a lot more than you think. If you get into trouble they will always be there to lend a helping hand.

  


 

 GRADUATION

 Wow, just days before I graduate

It is an incredible feeling

In just 4 years my life completely changed

From an irresponsible punk who had not a care in the world

To an adult who was lucky to get by.

It is interesting though

If I was asked if I could do it all over again

I would, but do it better.

Instead of skipping classes I would rather study

And ask that girl, who I was too nervous to ask out.

Although my high-school years may come to an end

I will never forget the many memories

Those of good

And those of the bad

I’m not saying I regret my decisions

They have made me who I am today

A man ready to take responsibility

Of my future, and my life.

©Daniel Quitugua

Dededo, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  You should always your achieve goals. Never leave anything unfinished. Also, never forget your roots. It made you into the person you are today.

  


 

 THE WISE ONE

 My grandpa would always call me, and tell weird stories

I wonder why, but I would always listen

He would tell me stories of the old ways

Of how to cook, how to build, and how to live.

As I got older I started to get annoyed

The life I live has evolved since then

We have gas stoves and microwaves

We have electric tools and TV guides.

But one day it was taken away

By an unpredictable traumatic event

I wondered what can I do to survive.

I then recall the many stories my grandpa had told

They had taught me everything I needed to know

To help me strive and watch my children grow.

©Daniel Quitugua

Dededo, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  No matter what, you should always appreciate your elders. They have lived their lives growing and learning.  What they teach us is what they have learned and is valuable. May it be culture or basic life needs. I thank those who pass on their wisdom.

 


 

SOVEREIGNTY

 

We have everything, yet we have nothing

A house, but no home

A living, but no life.

 

They give us control, yet we have no power

To determine

Our past

Our present

Our future

Our destiny.

 

What we have are rights that are not right

Freedom that is not free

And we pay for this

With our blood

Minds

Lands

Souls

And seas.

 

They free us with lies

And chain us with freedom

These so called liberators

Who are at once our salvation and damnation.

©Joseph Borja

Chalan Pago, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE: Read with the hope that someday we will be truly free.


 

LIFE

 Life is full of dreams that can come true.

Life is full of challenges that can be accomplished.

Life is full of beliefs that there is hope.

Life is full of respect yet no one cares.

Life is lived day in and day out.

Life is full of love that is given every day.

Life is full of trust that is being held on too.

Life is full of promises that are kept.

Life is full of causes that can be discovered.

But life is always taken advantage of –

When it’s gone, everyone wonders why.

©jogo

Yona, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Never take life for granted because once it’s lost there is no turning back in changing it.  One thing about life is what’s done is done, changes can’t be made but it can be fixed.

 


 

LOVE

 I am going to make your home safe and loved.

I will build feelings by showing how special you are.

I will offer you opportunities to learn and succeed.

I will make sure you eat, exercise, and get enough sleep.

I will spend time with you, talk, laugh, play, and we’ll enjoy each other.

I will protect you and make you feel safe.

I will acknowledge, praise and reward your successes.

I will set limits to make you feel secure and to teach you responsibilities.

I will hug, squeeze, and give you a loving smile every day.

I will tell you “I love you” every moment I have the chance.

©jogo

Yona, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  I have a child that is my whole world and this is what I promised him I will do for him.  I will fulfill it.

 


 

JOB

 Starting in a new job, your heart starts to pound like crazy,

Not knowing what they have in store for you, you think maybe.

Maybe this is not what I had in mind,

But if I try it out, the longer I stay, I will know everything in due time.

Thinking this is what’s best for the moment;

The chance to start off my life.

I wonder if there will be a chance to make this my future.

But the longer I am here,

I think maybe, just maybe this is something I did not think it would be.

This job is all I hope for but the dreams are all I believe and have in me.

©jogo

Yona, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  All jobs have their ups and downs, their likes and dislikes, but don’t let anything or anyone drive you out of your job. You’re there for yourself and no one else, so do what you need to do and then leave after that if you want.

   


 

DESTINY

Destiny is one that was brought upon someone,

It is not something that is chosen.

There are lives with some destiny that can never be.

But it’s up to one to challenge what is wanted to fulfill that destiny.

Destiny has been made by who once was.

That destiny was brought by who once was before that.

Destiny can’t be found with the snap of the fingers,

For it takes a whole lifetime to find.

One who wants destiny with all passion,

Must take every risk.

Then when the destiny is found,

There will be the challenge of what is done next.

©jogo

Yona, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Even if you don’t know what your destiny is, live your life with hope, dreams, and love.

 


 

LEARN TO LIVE WHAT LIFE HAS TO OFFER

 If you live with criticism,

You can live with deplore.

If you live with ridicule,

You can live with being modest.

If you can live with appreciation,

You can live with being appreciated.

If you can live with the shame,

You can live with the blame.

If you can live with acceptance,

You can live with trying to find love in the world.

©jogo

Yona, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Even if life has a lot of problems and differences, there must be love for each and every one of us in this world, even by strangers, in order to make this world a better place.

 


 

WHY IS LIFE WORTH LIVING

 Life is worth living

Because of all the small things in this world

From simple handshakes from guys to smiles from a girl

From the joyful hellos to the sad goodbyes.

 

Life is worth living

Because of the simple love

Because of the love from a mother and a father

And the love from a sister and brother.

 

Life is worth living

Because of all the small things in this world

Because of the stars shining every night

And because of waking up to the sun so bright.

 

Life is worth living because of children

From watching babies walk

To watching babies talk

To watching them grow up

And seeing them go.

 

Life is worth living

Because the simple things make up the

Biggest experience.

©aborja

Mangilao, Guam

Inspirational Message:  Even if the big experiences turn out bad, the small experiences will make bigger experiences.

 


 

UNREACHABLE

 She is the girl in class

The girl everyone knows

And as she passes,

You watch her in a slow motion.

 

She is the person with the great smile

That girl that could make you laugh

She is the person that would give you that nice feeling

The warmth inside that is almost unreachable.

 

She is the girl that is hard to talk to

The girl that makes you stutter

The girl that will calm you down

When she comes around.

 

She is the girl that every guy wants

The girl with the looks

The girl with class

The girl with everything

But yet unreachable.

 

She is the girl that compares with your goals

The motivation that moves you

But just like the goal

She is not unreachable.

©aborja

Mangilao, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Nothing is unreachable.  Just keep trying and you will get to where you are going.

 


 

THE LIGHT

 

He is the hope to everything hopeless

He is the wings that brings flight

He is the heart in your chest

He is the one called God “The Light”

 

He makes the blind see

Puts the vision as one

And is full of divine mercy

He is God “The Light”

 

He is the solver of all problems

The creator of men and women

He is the inspiration that inspires

The energy when tired

 

Look to Him with no doubt

He is God “The Light”

©aborja

Mangilao, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  When you’re feeling down and depressed just turn to God and pray, and He will help you.

 


 

IN THE MIND

 Give up, stay down

Just stop, don’t smile, frown

Just stop it

 

It can be done

Get up, don’t frown, smile

You can do it, go the extra mile

Just keep going

 

It will be done

Chin up, keep smiling

Look forward –

It’s not hard

You came too far to restart

Just keep going!

 

It is done, finished

You made it

You didn’t quit

It was not easy and kind

But you did it

It was all in the mind!

©aborja

Mangilao, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Nothing is impossible. Things are hard because you think they’re hard.

 


 

EN100

This is the end of our class

I’ll miss this class, and so will you

The semester is coming to a last

The best of luck to this EN 100 class

 

Our class was a great trip

From taking tests to reading the book

We learned a lot of tips

 

We are going to miss every little thing

Sean’s crazy comments to Frankie and James’ football insights

To our eyes getting hurt because of the lights

Luke getting the highest grades and Raena beating him once

John and Misty’s debates

And every little thing that happened

 

We have come this far in our class

We all grew to know each other

We are all going to leave the class

But our bonds are not over

 

This is the end of our class

We had fun and laughs

We are leaving it

But our memories will stay with our EN100 CLASS!

©aborja

Mangilao, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  When you complete one thing, keep going and get the rest done.

 


 

I’M NOT IN A HURRY

(A song adaptation)

 

I’m driving home;

It’s been a long busy day

The road is long

But I’m not in a hurry

 

I’m here alone

With too many things on my head

It’s time for bed

But I’m not in a hurry

 

No one’s there to tell me to hurry back home

No one’s next to me so now I’m all alone

 

It’s time for class

I’d wait outside a bit

Class would start any minute

But I’m not in a hurry

 

In my couch

And the phone would ring

I have to pick it up,

But I’m not in a hurry

 

No one’s there to tell me to hurry and don’t be late

No one’s there to call me just to see if I’m okay

 

Things are not like before

Nothing in my life excites me anymore

Hope you come back,

 If not today; someday

You can take your time,

I won’t force you

Told you I’m in no hurry

But it hurts, so really I do.

 

©Bedrick Briones

Dededo, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  When you’re alone, days are much slower and there’s nothing to look forward to, so you must do what you need to do to rectify it.

 

 


 

THEN CAME ONE NIGHT

(A song adaptation)

 

I had too much pride

Never told you what’s inside of me

I was waiting on you

And I thought I had nothing to lose

 

Then came one night,

When you held me so tight

I’ve never felt so right

And now I’m wondering why didn’t I

 

Tell you that night

That I want to be with you

Instead of waiting on you

Now I’m losing you

 

I had too much pride

Never cared that you were here for me

I lied to you, lied to myself

The truth is out but you have left

 

Then came one night

When you looked so different in my eyes

Every little thing that you did

Stayed on my mind, why didn’t I-

 

Tell you that night

That I want to be with you

Instead of waiting on you

Now I’m losing you.

 ©Bedrick Briones

Dededo, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  If someone is there for you, open up to that person before it’s too late.

 


 

A PART OF YOU

(A song adaptation)

 

Saw you by a glance

But you’re not aware of me

Never had a chance

‘Cause your world does not include me

 

Days go by

We’d pass by each other

A simple smile

Is all we have together

 

Saw you from afar

Doing what you always do

We are worlds apart

When will I be with you?

 

You may love someone else

Because what hurts me more

That it’s been a while

Since you knocked on my door

 

I tried my best to be a part of your life

Lovers or friends, as long as I am by your side.

 ©Bedrick Briones

Dededo, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Sometimes, no matter how much you love someone, things may go wrong and you part ways.  When that happens, the best thing you can ask for is to at least not be strangers.

 

 


 

IF ONLY I COULD SING

(A song adaptation)

 

If only I could sing

I would sweep you off your feet with a single line

I would reach into your heart and make it beat like mine

 

If only I could sing

I would make my voice so low and give you chills along your spine

If I could hit the notes, I’ll hit them when I say “Be mine”

 

If only I could sing

I would sing a song so strong you have to close your eyes

I would pick the right words to say and give you butterflies

 

If only I could sing

I would pluck the strings so slow and look at you

Sing them nice and soft; you have to want me too

 

If only I could sing

Maybe you won’t have to ignore what I’ve been telling you

Maybe all the words I tell you would go to where I want them to

If only I could sing

Maybe all the words would go directly to,

Directly to your heart.

 ©Bedrick Briones

Dededo, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Did you ever want to be heard the way you want to be heard? Did you ever wish you can sing and be heard from the heart? Don’t give up hope and be true to your heart.

  


 

TRUE

 How would we know if one is true?

We can alter truth, I can; even you

How would we know this world is not pure?

He said this, she said that, how are we sure?

Men are born with many gifts

Some men are even torn because of this

Among those gifts we often abuse

We choose what to say, we may hide the truth

A gift it is? Wait, is it a curse?

Sometimes it is good, sometimes for worse

But don’t lose hope, this world is not doomed

For as long as there are good, there are those who are true.

 ©Bedrick Briones

Dededo, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Although deceitful people are all around us, remember that there are many honest people out there too.

  


 

LESSONS FROM LIFE

Life can be good

Life can be bad

 

Sometimes life is unbearable

Sometimes life is perfect

 

But most of the time

Life is imperfect --

Sometimes it will be good

Sometimes it will be bad

 

The best thing that we can do is to move on --

Learn from lessons in life

And use them to pass on to another generation.

©slowe

Tamuning, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE: Life isn’t perfect, so it’s important to learn from it, move on, and share it with the next generation, so that they can succeed, despite life’s challenges.


 

NEVER AGAIN

Never again

Will I hold a grudge.

 

Never again

Will I hurt somebody intentionally.

 

Never again

Will I hurt the ones closest to me.

 

Never again

Will I do certain things for all the wrong reasons.

 

Never again

Will I go to the extremes for love.

 

Never again

Will I take advantage of people that trust me.

 

And never again

Will I break another person’s heart.

©slowe

Tamuning, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Never take life for granted.

 


 

MRS. ZENNI

Mrs. Zenni,

You were one of the most influential people in my life

You were the one that helped me turn my life around

You were the one teacher that never gave up on me

You always made sure that I was on task

You always made sure I stayed out of trouble

And now --

Now you’re gone…

It has been 2 years since your passing

But you still remain with me

In my mind

And in my heart

For every time that I scored a goal or made an achievement --

I looked up and thought of you

No one else,

Not my mother

Not my father

No one --

Just you.

So thank you Mrs. Zenni…

I will never forget you or anything you have done.

©slowe

Tamuning, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Realize what you have before it is gone.

 


 

MY MOM, MY INSPIRATION

As I grew up

I had to sit back and watch life pass me by.

As I grew up

I missed out on so much --

All because of asthma.

 

Asthma plagued me for a few years

I needed an inhaler

I needed a break in between P.E. classes

It was embarrassing

It was boring.

 

All through my middle school soccer career

I let it get to me to the point that I almost had to sit out a season

But I had an inspiration -- My mother.

She told me she had the same problem

And that the only thing stopping me from being great was myself.

 

But now,

I have moved on from asthma

I am playing soccer to the best of my ability

I am living the life I should have been living a long time ago.

 

So thank you mom

For giving me hope

For giving me faith

You are my inspiration in life.

©slowe

Tamuning, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE: Don’t ever take your mom for granted. She has a bigger impact on your life than you realize.

 


 

NEVER LOSE FAITH IN YOURSELF    

As long as you have faith in yourself

You can do anything

As long as you never doubt yourself

You can do anything

As long as you have dreams

You can do anything

 

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t

Because they’re wrong

As long as you put your heart into it

You can do anything

You can be anything you want to be --

All you have to do is believe!

©slowe

Tamuning, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  As long as you have faith in yourself, you can do anything.

  


 

JUDGMENT

 What are you doing, you’re doing it wrong.

My goodness, we have been practicing for so long!

Why have you done such a horrible thing?

I could have hit it better on my first swing

 

Don’t forget to twist

When your hand hits the knob!

It was a waste of time to have sat here and waited.

 

Why aren’t people in the world more like me?

Oh wait, that’s why I’m not perfect and could never be!

©Raena Puruggana

Maina, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE: There are people in this world that may say harsh words or put your spirits down, but rest assured that nobody is perfect, no one. 


 

HAPPINESS

There are two aspects of happiness --

There is the one that you convince yourself to be happy or the other

You are uncontrollably happy with what you have.

 

Which aspect have you chosen to possess?

Or is it really a choice or are some people just blessed?

Is it the unfortunate events in people’s lives?

Or is it the result of the wrong turns in our personal drives?

 

True happiness is a cherished gift,

Even if it’s a choice or a curse that you must lift.

The main word is true because you’ll never know --

Maybe you’re thinking you’re happy, but it’s not quite so.

© Raena Purugganan

Maina, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Some people may just cope with what they’ve got and be happy.  Meanwhile, there are other people who are truly and completely blessed.  I inspire you to analyze your happiness and go for what you know to be true!

 


 

COURAGE

What’s holding you back?

Is it your fear, or wisdom you lack?

Courage is something down deep within

It may take a lot of digging to overcome and win.

 

It doesn’t come easy to stand up alone

Or jump in a fire, or dial the phone.

It’s the extra leap into mid air

Not knowing what may happen or if it’s even fair.

 

Courage is something down deep within

It may take a lot of digging to overcome and win.

©Raena Purugganan

Maina, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  When you come to a point in your life when you need courage, I inspire you to overcome fear & doubt, and go for what you want. When you do, you will be successful and victorious!

 


 

FOR YOU

For you I will do anything, just ask

Anything within my power, any gesture or task

For you I will love with the fullest of my heart

No matter the distance or time spent apart

 

For you I will fly across the blue sky

And swim the whole ocean or at least I will try

For you I will hope and have faith in our love

With strength for our heavenly father above

 

For you, my love, for only you

For I am, and will always be true!!!

©Raena Purugganan

Maina, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Although love poems are very cliché, I wanted to inspire you about this unconditional, faithful, crazy love that does exist. If you have this amazing love I am completely happy for you, but if you don’t, I hope that this poem keeps your hopes and dreams alive.

 


  

LIFE IS WORTH LIVING

Why are we here?

What do I do next?

Where do I get money for that?

The answers to these questions are not in bright letters that are bold and fat!

Life is a piece of cake?  It’s not!

It is full of battles that need to be fought!

 

But don’t worry you’ll be okay.

Hey, millions of people go through it each day.

Hang in there, don’t end your life, and never accept defeat --

Just think of your family, or the person you want to meet.

Life is a rough ride that you don’t want to escape,

Because there are experiences worth living, just like fate!

© Raena Purugganan

Maina, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Many people may hate their lives and want to end it, but life is worth living. There are wonderful experiences that you may have already had, and I know that you wouldn’t have wanted them not to happen. Can you imagine if you ended your life now?  You’ll never get to experience all the good that is to come!! So hang in there, don’t end your life, and never accept defeat because you just might meet me!

 


 

KEEP GOING                

Life is full of its ups and downs

Things to make you smile

Things that make you frown

Journeys that may take awhile --

For you to overcome

Making you feel weak

Mentally and physically numb.

 

The answers that you seek

May not come out

As easy as you want it

You may even start to doubt.

 

You may only want to quit

Until soon you realize

How far you’ve come

To get the answers you idealize and are fulfilling.

© Mistee Saralu

Dededo, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  No matter how hard something may seem, quitting is never the answer to any problem.

 


 

THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE

 

When all is lost and I can’t go on

You were always there to keep me strong

 

Through all the sorrow and all the pain

You stuck by me again and again

 

When life is hard and more than I can take

You’d come to me and put a smile on my face

 

You pushed me to believe that nothing is impossible, that I could overcome my fears

The inspiration you give me makes the negativity disappear

 

You’re like an angel, one of God’s greatest creations –

Thank you for being there for me –

You are my inspiration.

© Mistee Saralu

Dededo, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Support comes in all different shapes and sizes, and especially when it comes from someone you love, it can do wonders for yourself. 

 


 

A LETTER TO MY SON

Dearest son,

I left you with another

Because I wished to change

I’m sorry that I hurt you

Please know you’re not to blame

 

Once I tried it, I was addicted

And I started neglecting you

What I did was really stupid

But my love for you is true

 

I can’t wait to see you

When I get over this addiction

Because going back home and taking care of you

Is my goal and my special mission

 

Until then, don’t forget to take a shower

And go to school and have fun

I’m really going to miss you

My precious only son --

Love Mommy

© Mistee Saralu

Dededo, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Getting over bad addictions are hard, but when you’re doing it for yourself and someone you love very much, it makes you want to work harder to get better.

 


 

NEVER GIVE UP

When the roads are bumpy

And everything seems down hill

Just take a breath

And along will come that thrill.

 

When you’re low on money and your debts are high

When you want to smile, but all you do is cry

Just take a breath and promise me that you will not quit.

 

When your back’s against the wall

And your head is in your hands

Be strong, stand up, and everything will go as planned.

 

When your punches are weak

And you don’t want to hit

Sit down and relax and promise me that you will not quit.

© Mistee Saralu

Dededo, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  You will see the results you want quicker and faster if you keep going and never quit. 


 

STICKING WITH IT

There were times when I couldn’t see

All the beauty in front of me

There were times when I couldn’t feel

 All the love that was true and real

There were times when I left you alone

The pain and sadness I caused you was never shown

There were times when I would forget

The special moments like when we met

There were times when I walked away

Especially those times when you wanted me to stay

There were times when all that would matter

Was what I was feeling and that made you sadder

And there were times when I would come close to losing you

And it was those thoughts that would get us through

Showing me the beauty, reminding me of the love

Remembering everything you’ve done for me and above

Through those times we’ve worked through our faults and our sins

Because winners never quit, and quitters never win.

© Mistee Saralu

Dededo, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Many times you don’t see what is truly valuable to you until you come close to losing it, but it’s never lost until you quit fighting for what you love, so keep fighting for what is yours.  And in the end if it was meant to be, nothing can tear you apart.

 


 

HEALING

She watches as he walks out the door

Her heart ached and tears fell to the floor

Three little babies he’s leaving behind

And her, how could she have been so blind?

A love she thought was too good to be true

And now it’s leaving her so cold and blue.

 

She was a pawn in his game

She only put herself to blame

She thought she could change him, make him better

But he’s tossed her aside like an old musty sweater.

 

He came out and confessed all his love crimes

And how he even remembers the dates and the times

There wasn’t a time she wasn’t in his head

But he knows he can’t make her feel better so he left instead.

 

He’ll come and visit his little boys when she’s healed

He’s sorry for ruining the marriage they had built

But now she’s got to be strong and wipe the tears away

Because she’s got three little boys and they’re here to stay.

© Mistee Saralu

Dededo, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:   Pain in life comes and goes, but how long it stays is always up to you. 

 


 

RESPECT

 It's time we know how to use respect

And stop saying the things we know we'll regret.

We make crazy mistakes and forget

And hate the things that were said.

We treat other people like their nothing

And expect them to see what we see.

Nowadays people don't know the consequences in life

Blinded by hatred and think they’re always right.

In this generation we don't see how important it is to show respect

And in the end, when it’s all over, all we can do is regret.

©Aileen Bautista

Mongmong, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  People don't often realize how important it is to show kindness to one another. We act rude and don’t care about each other’s feelings. We should stop and appreciate, because when you need help and there’s no one to talk to but that person, you would get what you reap.

 


 

WHY DO THEY DO IT?

Why do they kill these innocent children?

Don't they know it's a sin?

Why do they do it and then regret?

They think to solve it is to kill and forget!

Why do they take advantage of life?

When they know it’s causing a fight?

Why do they involve innocent lives?

These feelings I feel –

I just can't describe!

Why can't they realize this is a sin and stop?

Because it's tearing our whole world apart!!

©Aileen Bautista

Mongmong, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Life is given not for us to kill. It is given as a gift and we should learn how to cherish it and honor it.

 


A GIFT FROM GOD

  You gave me an angel from up above

You gave me someone I've been dreaming of --

A little girl so innocent and sweet

With cute little fingers and little angel feet

So innocent and not knowing what's to come

But with eyes so brilliant and as bright as the sun.

 

She has everything about us all blended together

A face that I will cherish forever.

You gave me an angel from up above --

My family I was destined to love.

©Aileen Bautista

Mongmong, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE: God gives us a chance to love.  We need to cherish every moment of it because this chance comes once in a lifetime.

  


 A MARRIAGE PRAYER

 Help us to remember

So that we’ll stay together

Help us to remember

When we first met

And the days we were together, which we'll never regret.

 

Help us to remember

The strong love that grew between us

That there will always be us.

 

Help us to remember

To remind us to be practical

So that nothing can divide the love that our hearts sing.

 

We ask for words both kind and loving

To tighten the symbol that represents our rings;

Our hearts are ready to ask for forgiveness as well as forgive

Our life and soul we readily give. 

©Aileen Bautista

Mongmong, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Your love is in God’s hands.

 


 

YEARS TOGETHER

 Four years together

Laughter, tears, pain,

It’s destiny's plan

With anticipating moments that'll sweep us off our feet

That’ll hold us till the end

For this love we share

Will bring us wonders

This genuine feeling that is only for you my love

Never will it fade;

As we journey once more through another chapter of our lives

I'll never let you go --

This is a promise I will keep forever.

 ©Aileen Bautista

Mongmong, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE: No matter how much you go through, only you can decide how your love can last.  Just keep it strong and never give up.

   


 THE ARMY

 I joined the army as you can see

Thought my arrogance will set me free

Passed my physicals left and right

Proclaimed myself as a mighty knight

Received my orders the very next day

Told I am being sent to a land far away

Made me proud to serve along my cadres

Six more months to go till I see my madre

I lived everyday as it was my last

Week by week the sky was black

Oil rigs burning all day long

From sunset to dusk that’s all I saw

Went back home after my tour

My chest full of medals and a brand new car to boot

Ten years later

 I look back at it now

Man Was I proud to serve my country, as you can too!

©Henry Holguin

Mangilao, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  If you’re down on your luck with no end on site, the Army might give you the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

 


 

THE ISLAND

 Living in an island all my life

Thought this was the dream for all to reach

Coconuts, crabs and fishes too

One would have thought this was paradise

Friendly people, family and friends

I thought I had it all in this perfect world

Then one day the sky turned black

Along came lightning, thunder and showers too

It swept across my perfect world

Destroyed all that I knew

I managed to survive with those sturdy few

Now I am in a place far away

Skyscrapers and cars replace my home

Made me wondered and think

How could this have happened?

A giant blur from start to finish

But now here I am

Putting back the pieces of my broken life.

©Henry Holguin

Mangilao, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Don’t take your life for granted.  Live every moment as if it were your last.

 


 

THE CYCLE OF LIFE

 The birth of a youngling

From a fertilized egg

To a strong healthy boy

Growing so fast

Yet so strong

The ability to walk and learn

Comes so quick

What a joyous experience

Before you know it

They are on their own

From elementary to high school

Then college too

Seems like a blur

As if yesterday they were born

Soon a career and family will come for them

Turning a loving couple into a family

The cycle will start again

As it’s their turn to see

The childhood of a new generation

The cycle of Life!

©Henry Holguin

Mangilao, Guam

                       

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Treat your family as you would like to be treated before time runs out.

 


 

MISSED OPPORTUNITY

 As I walked through the platform

By the patient train waiting

Our eyes met

A burning temptation of desire arose

For those five seconds

Time seemed to stop

I felt your presence

You felt mine

Your cute irresistible smile

Contagious as the summer breeze

We began to move to each other

Our hands a few inches apart

Till the doors began to close

And you were gone

As fast as you arrived.

©Henry Holguin

Mangilao, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Never miss the moment that was meant to be.

 


 

CHERISHED MEMORIES

 Loving memories…

They are all around you

Your childhood pictures

The items that mean dear to you

Your memories…

Your loving grandparents

The love from your parents

Your first bike ride

Your first crush

Your first girlfriend

The memories…

Your first graduation

Your accomplishment and trophy to show

Loving memories…

©Henry Holguin

Mangilao, Guam

 INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE:  Never forget your past, as they will guide you towards the future.


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*The Micronesian Poets Club was formed by Guam author and poet, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, on March 24, 2009, with the mission of creating an insightful anthology that we can all learn to appreciate and enjoy amongst all in the community and abroad.  Please note that some of the poems in this online anthology first appeared in the Guam Poets Club online anthology that Dr. Rivera created on July 5, 2003.  It is her hope that the inspirational messages embedded in this online anthology will be a positive one that enables the audience to persevere and pass on this momentum for years to come!

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