Have you visited the graves of the living?
In Belmarsh there are four such blocks.
In every block there are twelve graves,
Made from steel and coated with concrete.
If you wish, call them coffins. They call them ‘cells’.
The guard has a heart of stone.
He knows neither mercy nor pity.
He doesn’t believe in any religion.
He only knows one colour,
And he scorns all the other colours.
That is why he becomes the anti-racism officer.
As for us, the inhabitants of the graves, we have become decapitated.
We must always hail, ‘Long live the queen!’
‘Long live freedom!’
‘Long live lies and deception!’
Long live human rights.
-Adel Abdul Bary, (translated from Arabic)
HMP Long Lartin, June 2008