July's hot winds remind me of home,
a bamboo house we built on our own.
Monotonous summer days made me dream of going far.
No far trips allowed in the Mea La Refugee camp in Thailand...
Beneath the bright, ocean-blue sky we caught
small shrimp and catfish.
The stream was like a slice of watermelon.
We found crabs while birds sang.
Flies buzzed, and bugs did their business.
Breezes softly whispered in my ears.
Too soon, the sunset waved goodbye to us.
Together we went home, and cooked
dinner with out family.
- Meh Sod Paw
GVP alumna Meh Sod Paw, now Creative Writing Major at Agnes Scott College and a Gates Millennium Scholar in 2016, received a national award as a finalist in the 2014 River of Words poetry and art contest. Sponsored by Saint Mary's College of California, this annual environmental poetry & art contest is one of the largest youth poetry and art competitions in the world.
As a senior in high school, Meh Sod also performed a TEDx Talk about her experience living in refugee camps. Her 2018 short story "Dollar Tree" was recently published in the Voices & Visions Journal.