The Greatest Hell by Bobby Sands




Irish Republican History & Remembrance.

The Greatest Hell by Bobby Sands.


There’s gaol and there’s gaol, where wretched souls


have been took and locked away.

There’s eight by eight tombs (concrete graves)


where you barely see the light of day,

Where in the winter, the long dark winter, the body


knows the piercing bite of cold,

And the wind (not draught) chills the heartiest man


and tames both brave and bold,

Where a man is forced to lie upon a mattress damp


and dirty upon the freezing concrete floor,

Naked apart from some filthy rags (the heart cries


out) the body asks”Dearest God! How much more?”

But there’s more in abundance for I’ve seen sleet


and snow come through the window bars and water


turn to ice,

And men in their dozens collapse with chills and


wetand tell you when they fell the cock crowed more


than thrice

For I’ve given more than passing thought to those


who sit upon opportunity (like vultures watching,


watching me)

And I know if it were politically expedient before,


the cock could crow again, set those poor men free!

Sleepless night preceded sleepless nights and


dreamless sleep preceded endless endless nightmare,

For day and night are perpetual wrought with hell


and there’s torture ,pain and torment everywhere

Time comes and time goes, but it really hasn’t went


at all, it’s trapped in here with me,

And if there were comfort to be found in these


dirty mutilated scared and filthy walls, I’d find


lots of sympathy,

But all there here, are contrasts, all evil and


cowards, cringing cowards beat men to pulp,

While prison doctors say “self-inflicted” (lick


your wound, my men) well, dare you call upon them


to consult,

They shear our heads and beards and with


disinfectant and the heavy brush, they wash out


every crack,

They try to scrub the P.O.W from your mind and


imprint the tag of criminal upon your back,

Doctors, Governors, chiefs and screws, there’s no


god’s amount of hypocrites to be found,

They who go to church on Sundays saying “Lord, I


love thee, Lord”as they kneel upon the ground,

And they celebrate the consecration of wine into


his precious blood, within that sacred cup,

Then they throw it right back into his face (when


only going their job) they beat the naked up,

Summer, two have gone and three more may well be


born and come to be,

But the sun will never bronze the ghostly skins of


the ghosts in this eternity

But the tombs will turn to ovens and a stifling


stench will cut the air.

From the decaying waste and urine, from the


putrifying rubbish thatlies strewn everywhere

Then they come, the pests and germs and crawling


things,to squat amongst the stinking mess

Creeping into your beard and hair, into the very


rags that you possess

And flies, Lice and Maggots breed from flies that


have already bred

(Stand up those who have rose in the morning, with


a hundred maggots in their bed)

The Brave, I’ve heard men say “would be more


preferable” (and perhaps that may be true)

For in this hell, you’re buried alive and there’s


nothing you can do,

“Will these legs ever run again, will these eyes


ever feast upon delight?

Do lovers still walk hand in hand, do the stars


still sparkle high up in the dark each night?

Is the foliage green or brown? Does the texture of


a leaf still feel the same?

Are there children in the morning? Will I see these


things again?”

Perhaps! Yes, Perhaps my eyes, my mind and heart


may live again to see,

But only when I leave this panoramic view of


darkness for the golden dream of liberty,

But do not misconstrue this, when I say “sometimes”


I care not what may be,

For torture is the devil I have faced, I care no


more just what they do to me,

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