The Legend Of Sirena

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


The Legend Of Sirena:
 
There was a young playful Chamorro girl that lived in the village of Hagåtña in Guam. Her name was Sirena and she lived near the Minondo river right where the fresh water from the river's bridge met the salt water of Guam's ocean.
 
Sirena loved to swim and play with all the critters of the sea and river she was from. She spent hours of playful time with them and would be in the water every chance she got! Sirena's family was a very special one that had magical powers that could make their words come true so they were very careful what they said to the people they met.
 
Over time the children forgot how powerful their elders words were and Sirena's Nana (mother) told her daughter to get coconut shells so she can make coal to iron their clothes. She told Sirena to hurry back and not play in the water today because she needed to iron the clothes quickly for a special occasion. Sirena left to retrieve the shells as instructed but along the way she had to pass the bridge she crossed so many times before and all her friends from the sea were waiting for her to play with them!
 
Sirena knew she had to get shells for her mother but couldn't help taking a dip in the water for a few moments to cool off and say hi to her friends. Well those few moments turned into hours and her mother was growing very impatient with her daughter and went to the bridge where Sirena was playing in the water.
 
She saw her daughter in the water and shouted to herself in anger "Oh that Sirena is going to turn into a fish since she loves the water more than anything else!" Just then Sirena's Matlina (Godmother) happened to be crossing the bridge when she heard Sirena's mother's curse. She quickly said "Leave part of her that belongs to me as my granddaughter!"
 
You see, in Sirena's mother's anger, she forgot how powerful her words were and quickly tried to take the curse back but by then, it was too late!
 
As Sirena was swimming in the water she began to feel a strange sensation in the lower part of her body and when she tried to return to shore she found to her horror that she was part fish, from the waist down! Unable to get back on land, she swam to her mother one final time and said her goodbyes before swimming off to sea.
 
"Oh Nana, don't worry about me for I am mistress of the sea where I belong but I wish I could be punished some other way, but a mother's tears are in vain from the curse, and this is the last time we will ever see each other again!"
 
Fishermen in the area still swear to this day they have caught glimpses of Sirena off the coast of Guam and I always felt safe whenever I was in the ocean while paddling my kayak. I felt like someone was always watching over me and protecting me from harm whenever I was in the deep waters off the coast of Guam.
 
Still I can't help but think of the curse that wasn't meant by the mother but words are very powerful so I try to say the right things to the people I love and the wonderful people I meet!
 
The legend has it that Sirena will always be part of Guam and looking after the people that are in her waters. It is said that the only way to catch her is to make a net out of human hair but for the people that know her, we are just glad she is out there to protect us with her love!


Submitted: June 12, 2021

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Philip.ShadowFire

Hafa Adai my family and friends, it means hello and goodbye from the Chamorro tribe of Guam. sometimes we have to leave but we never say goodbye because you are always in our heart!

Sun, June 13th, 2021 3:56am

Philip.ShadowFire

The legend of Sirena really touched my heart so much that I mentioned her in my story "The Book of Life, Return To Earth" that is published on our Booksie site. It is such an endearing fable that teaches us to be careful of what we say and wish for because it might just come true! You know words are a very powerful tool, it can help, or harm the ones we love; So be careful how you talk to people in your life, and show them the love they deserve! Be kind to others and to yourself because you are special too! I know Sirena is just a fable, but for me, she is real and every time I'm out in the water, I look for her and smile knowing I'm never alone and never need to be afraid even when I am so far away from land.

Sun, June 13th, 2021 4:21am

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