Below are two poems by Malex Meh, a Cameroonian woman who had been detained until earlier this year at Otay Mesa. Her current whereabouts are unknown.

Resting in the Lord

If I should die

Change not thy cloth

For my birth foretold my death.

Golden is the spoon I was born with

Milk fed me, olive annointed my head

By the Lord, I shall rest.


With an eagle's wing I fly

Fly away from trials

Tribulations never ceased

Cold is the nest I perch to live in

Annoying the sound of bell

But rules are imminent

The bars seem bigger by the day

And all I have is hope

Hope for a new dawn

Though the tunnel looks longer

Long not to see the end

For the wind will take you there.