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~ Hafa Adai ~
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Visit the original Guam Poets Club Anthology at http:mnrivera1.com/guampoetsonline1
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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 the beautiful Pacific island of Guam! It is our mission to showcase Guam's literature talents in the beautiful interwoven lines of poetry. The poems do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Guam Poets Club. Any reproduction of any of the poems is prohibited by law. However, poems used for nonprofit educational purposes are permissible. 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.
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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry Christmas from around the Pacific!

Merry Christmas from around the Pacific!

~Minagof Nochebuena ~ Felis Pasgua (Chamorro)
~Maligayan Pasko (Tagalog)
~Peren en Krismas (Pohnpeian)
~Monono ilo raaneoan Nejin (Marshallese)
~Falang e Baynag (Yapese)
~Tok Tapeng (Kosraean)
~Ungil Kurismas (Palauan)
~Pwapwan Kirisimas (Chuukese)
~Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian)
~Ameseighil ubwutiiwel Layi Luugh me raagh fee (Carolinian)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!


Source:  www.happythanksgivingdaypictures.com

FESTPAC Literary Arts Author Reading at Guma Tasa - Nov. 24

Enjoy the following Author Reading Snapshots compliments of Storytelling Chair/Ginen member Louie Gombar!

Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera starts the night off with her poems Guela Dear and Biba Kumpleanos.

Dr. Monique C. Storie shares her imagery poetry piece.


Lei Naholowaa shares three of her poetry pieces.

A Thanksgiving Poem

T hanksgiving is the time for all
H ere and abroad
A ll over the world
N ear and far
K eeping the gratitude
S hown in all that we do by
G iving and caring
I n different ways that leave
V ery memorable thoughts
I n the kindest of ways
N ot just this time of the year, but always --
G od Bless you!
(c)mnrivera

Yona, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE: Have a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

On being who you are...

Be who you are 
And say what you feel, 
Because those who mind don’t matter, 
And those who matter don’t mind.
-Bernard M. Baruch

Thursday, June 18, 2015

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!!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015

Welcome to National Poetry Month!

Thank you for celebrating poetry and the important place it occupies in our culture in April and all year long. As Chancellor Jane Hirshfield writes, “A poem makes clear without making simple. Poetry’s language carries what lives outside language.” We need the clarity poets provide. Here’s to a new year of poetry! 


In celebration of National Poetry Month, the following is a poem I wrote.  Enjoy!

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
Source:  Poets.org

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Island Of Guam

Guam is my home
It’s my island and the place to be.
It’s where you can find
all sorts of nationalities.
We aren’t stingy with our island
Although how tiny it is to me.
But if you plan to come and ruin it
Then I suggest you pack and leave.
OUR island is here 
for as long as it can stand
So treasure and hold it
as if you’re a built man.
(c) ChelseaJenae

Dededo, Guam

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE: Be proud of your island and treasure it!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

UOG Presidential Lecture Features Marshallese Poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijner

University of Guam President Dr. Robert A. Underwood presents the first Presidential Lecture of 2015 featuring Marshallese poet and spoken word artist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) Lecture Hall on the UOG Campus. Her lecture is entitled: “Iep Jeltok: A Basket of Poetry and Activism.”

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner is a Marshallese poet and spoken word artist whose work focuses on raising awareness surrounding the issues and threats faced by her people - militarism and the nuclear legacy, climate change and climate justice, and adaptation and racism in America are just a few topics her work touches upon.

She received her Master’s degree from the Center for Pacific Island Studies at University of Hawai'i Manoa, with a focus on the history of Marshallese oral traditions and the transition into textual productions from Marshallese authors.

This past September, she performed at the opening of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York, following the speeches of Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and has since been thrust into global conversations on climate change. She currently teaches at the College of the Marshall Islands.

Source:  www.uog.edu

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Beautiful Heart


"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."

-Helen Keller

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Poets and Writers Directory

Directory of Writers - Criteria for Listing

P&W's Directory of Poets and Writers lists names, addresses, and publication credits for 10,005 contemporary authors. The Directory is a must for writers interested in connecting with their peers. It's also a great resource for editors, agents, and reading series coordinators.
Apply to be listed in the Directory of American Poets and Writers. Before applying, please read the Evaluation Criteria below to see if you are eligible for listing. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Directory Administrator.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

Applications are evaluated on a point system. Poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and spoken word artists are invited to apply. You must have 12 points in a category to be listed; i.e. you must have 12 poetry credits to be listed as a poet.
The following count as points for listing:
  • Each book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction (personal essays or memoirs) (12 points)
  • Each chapbook (6 points)
  • Each work of fiction or creative nonfiction (personal essays or memoirs) published in a literary journal, anthology, or edited Web publication (2 points)
  • Each spoken word performance (not readings) (2 points)
  • Each poem published in a literary journal, anthology, or edited Web publication (1 points)
The following do not count as points for listing:
  • Journalism or scholarly texts (biography, history, how to, travel guides, book reviews)
  • Publications from vanity presses such as International Library of Poetry, Poetry.com, Noble House Publishers or from other presses or publications that ask authors to pay all or some of the publishing costs
  • Self-published work, or work from presses such as Publish America that do not offer authors standard book contracts, including, but not limited to, online entities like iUniverse.com, lulu.com, and AuthorHouse.com
  • Writing for children under the age of 12
  • Credits from publications that do not regularly publish poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction
  • Work published by a journal, anthology, or press for which you make editorial decisions
  • Plays or dramatic treatments
  • Translations
Source:  http://www.pw.org/directory/criteria

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year from around the Pacific! May the year 2015 bring you many blessings filled with much love, joy, peace, and happiness!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! - English
Biba Añu Nuebu! – Chamorro

Feliz Año Nuevo! – Spanish
Engan ke ya sasu! - Kosraean

Gung Hay Fat Choy – Chinese
Ungil Beches Er Rak! – Palauan

Selsalan Ebéach e duw! – Yapese
Peren En Parakapw! – Pohnpeian

Hauoli Makahiki Hou – Hawaiian
Pwapwan Ei Ier Mi Fo – Chuukese

Sehe Bokmanee Bateuseyo! – Korean
Maligayang Bagong Taon – Tagalog

Cung-Chuc Tan-Xuan! – Vietnamese
Jeramman ilo iio in ekaal! – Marshallese

Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu – Japanese
Ameseighil ubwutiiwel Layúi Luugh me raagh féé! – Carolinian

Image source: howtolearn.com