Four Found Poems from the Central American Migrant Trail

The following found poems, translated from Spanish by the author, are based on her time spent working with Central American migrants and asylum seekers in Mexico in 2017. 

The No-Place: Notes on OXXO from Juan Villoro y Gabriel Orozco: Mexico City, 2017 (while Central Americans seek work outside)

OXXO has become
a special reference point
for contextualizing Mexican
reality. It is an enclave
for coming together to do
whatever at any hour,
including illegal acts
because there are better
possibilities for anonymous
encounters. I was taken
to an OXXO where future
assassins were recruited
from a white van.
Some people call it
The No-Place. A place
without identity because it is
the same as all the others.

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“There are words that say nothing and silences that say everything.”

“I always could alone. I can alone and I always will alone.”

“You’ve been poor if you’ve ever done this.”

“Start saving, it’s almost my Birthdayyyyyyyyyyy!”

“I want to live in this moment with all my friends, but without a single one missing.”

“If after this life I was born again, the only thing I would ask God is that my mother would be my mother again.”

“All my tears have a why and all of these tears come at a great price. I know I will rise up from this take note.”

“I wish that I had an eraser to erase all of my past and erase all of my pain.”

“Sometimes times you receive punches from life, suffering from love, betrayals from friends but from God you will always receive blessings.”

“It’s the law, sexy people have an “R” in their last name.”

“Lord protect me from my friends, leave me in charge of my enemies.”

“Greatness is not for the one who never fails, but the one who never gives up.”

“We walk in Victory!”

“I live in a country so big that everything remains far away: education, food, health, shelter, my country is so expansive that justice doesn’t reach everyone.”

“Today is Friday. I’m gonna get trashed!”

“The Famous Beast”

“Destiny unites and separates people, but there is no force so strong that it forgets the people who, for some reason, at one time made us very happy.”

“It is easier to smile than to explain why you are sad.”

“Today I arose with God and he told me: smile the best is yet to come.”

Desaparecidos en La Frontera (Disappeared on the Border): Facebook, August 13-17, 2017

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-Recognize him??? He was in Obregón, Sonora. Wanted!
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-HELP! HELP! He is searching for a family member he hasn’t seen in 18 years.

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– Good afternoon we ask that you share this post we haven’t heard from him in 2 years.

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                 -Shared in Boise Idaho greetings.


– The body of a woman was found in a state of decomposition in the All American canal in Imperial, California, July 8th, 2017. Her height 59 inches and weight 180 pounds. She was wearing two gold rings and a ring with a turtle design. She had tattoos, the name “RUBEN” on her left hand and Chinese letters on the right side of her neck. If anyone recognizes this description, contact me.

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-Strong image but necessary 🙁 Help us find her family

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-Shared in Jalisco
-Shared in Chihuahua God bless you
-Shared in Oklahoma :’(


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-I live in Calexico if you can post photos or a description of his tattoos there are a lot of deported people in Mexicali.

– Guatemalan missing in Falfurrias, Texas

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To Univision New York: Facebook

Shout out to those in the studio and send

a message to Trump


It doesn’t matter if you build

a wall we can always do it!

Photo Credit: Anthony Albright via Creative Commons

About the author

Abigail Carl-Klassen was raised in rural west Texas and radicalized on the U.S.-Mexico border. She has done docupoetic work with migrant workers, Old Colony Mennonite communities in Mexico and Texas, social workers, homeless communities, immigrant communities along the U.S.-Mexico border and most recently, with Central American migrants and asylum seekers in Mexico. Her work has appeared in ZYZZYVACatapultCimarron ReviewWillow Springs, GuernicaAster(ix) and Kweli, among others. She is a staff writer for Poets Reading the News and her chapbook Shelter Management is available from dancing girl press. She earned an MFA from the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual Creative Writing Program and taught at El Paso Community College and the University of Texas El Paso. Before becoming a college instructor, she worked in community development and in the El Paso public schools.

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