Marlon R.S.

Country: El Salvador
Language(s): English

Co-winner of the 2019 #DignityNotDetention Detainee Prize

judged by Ilya Kaminsky


My Nation

My nation has no color, my nation has no border

My nation has people with a deportation order

Living in CCA is the same as living in pain

They don’t want us they claim

But either way we all the same

My nation has fear

My nation feels safe here

Even tho deportation is near

I hope that God can hear

How everynite my people cry

But my people are yours oh God do as you like

My nation has patience

But no immigration

My nation is not my nation but ours

Together with love we have the power

Getting deported is not sweet is sour

With tears in my eyes I feel like a coward

For leaving my family behind

I wish I was born in your land

My nation is black white and brown

My nation is not from around

My nation is here my nation is far

My nation is not a place my nation lives in my heart

Why my nation suffers I don’t understand

God all powerful lend my people a hand


Notes from the judge, Ilya Kaminsky
“My nation has a people with a deportation order” this poet writes, and the directness and openness of its tone impacts us. Knowing the context of this poet’s dire condition gives additional power to the final lines: “lend my people a hand.” It is impossible not to be touched by this.

About the poet
Marlon R. S. comes from El Salvador and is currently in detention at Otay Mesa Detention Center.