Pasteurised politicians queasy at finding
Facts proved and proved and proved
Again and again and again.
Vengeful prisons make society worse.
Prisons full of men born as lost souls
Condemned as children, limping through life
Illiterate in words and love.
Aliens in a world they don’t understand.
Prisons full of women born as lost souls
Exploited in their vulnerable sexuality
Self- abased, self- abused. Destroyed and
Buried in their failure to be women.
Men and women shuffling, puzzled and
Living as strangers on streets of hate.
Demonised, persecuted prison fodder
A politicians quota over- filled to order.
Political vengeance feeding on the
Criminalised. The odd, the sad, the mad
Swept up, warehoused, out of sight,
Incarcerated in the belly of the beast.
Facts. Facts. Facts. Tell the story
Quasi- criminals, pseudo criminals
Fill our courts. fill our prisons;
Prison works: They are real criminals now.
Dedicated to Michael Howard who unleashed an age of vengeance thinly disguised as justice in 1993.