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Kathreen Roby

Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia

Kathreen Roby

Greetings, I'm Kathreen Rachleen Roby from the islands of Fefan and Nama in Chuuk, one of the four states in the Federated States of Micronesia. I am a student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and I am very thankful to have an opportunity to be a part of this group to represent the first large body of Micronesian writers in an anthology. I am not much of a writer; I am a more of a reader instead. I love to read books and poetry; however, it wasn't until I took some English classes that I got inspired and decided to take a chance and write my own.

It was then that I learned to look beyond the words and sentences that I read. There is more to writing than a simple word or a sentence. To me, writing is a way to express one's self. For instance, most of the poems that I read reflect the lives of the poets. The words convey deep emotions and meaning that the poet wants readers to understand. In fact, all of my work in this book are based on my life, beliefs, and values. Hence, to comprehend one's poetry is like looking at the world through that poet's own eyes.

Excerpt from Making Waves

Memories of Fefan

My mother's homeland, that makes it mine too.
Childhood memories and summer fun were my favorite times on the island.

Living on Fefan is like traveling back in time—
No cars
No electricity
No paved roads

Kerosene Lamps
Huts
Uut
Fanang

Long walks every Sunday from Home to the Mission
Beautiful foliage
Pure water
Houses on the hills
Farms on the mountains
Wonderful people
Money was not a necessity—

Tutunap told by the elders
Fear of spirits in the dark—

Abundance of local food
Bread fruit
Pineapples
Banana
Watermelon
Cucumbers
            And much more—

My late grandfather Joseph
My late grand uncle Yano
My many aunties and uncles
My many cousins
And one thing that I missed the most is my mother's young look back then—