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endured

we have

the shackles of colonialism

the wrath of war

the storms of a planet in pain

 

endure

we shall

the panic of pandemics

the collapse of commerce

the sting of cuts

 

endure

we will

because our resilience

runs

deep

 

deep

as roots

that reach down into the soil,

out to other roots, together holding the land together,

and up through trees and taro and hibiscus

that bring shelter and food and beauty

 

deep

as the respect

the honor

the dignity

that course through our bones

when we bow to fannginginge’

and bend our knees to pray

and lift our hands to help

 

deep

as the night sky

cast across the horizon

with stars and the moon and constellations

that light the way back home

 

deep

as ocean currents

that run and flow and crash along our shores

with tuna and dolphins and memories

interweaving islands

sprinkled south to north

from the rim of Micronesia

to the tip of Japan

 

deep

as a trench

that stretches for miles and miles and miles

along a ring of fire

that rumbles and rages and rises

giving birth to mountains

that reach for the heavens

 

endured we have

endure we shall

endure we will

because

our resilience runs

deeper

than any chasm we face

 

we

endure

because

we

are

Marianas

Strong

 

— GALVIN DELEON GUERRERO

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