Archive for July, 2009

“Mama Africa”

Posted in Prisoner Art with tags , on July 26, 2009 by viprisonproject

Mama Africa

Pen & Ink by Mario Bell #372183
Wallens Ridge State Prison, VA

“BURIED ALIVE”

Posted in Prison Poetry & Other Writings, Prison Voices with tags , , , on July 26, 2009 by viprisonproject

Buried Alive, but I still hear the cries of the orphan.

Buried Alive, but I still hear the sobs of the grieving mother’s pain , who are too young to ┬áremember my burial.

Buried Alive, but I still sway to the sound of “Respect” and “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”

Even though I was Buried Alive, there is still movement in my limbs, and conciousness in my breath.

Buried Alive, but my continued movement still causes uneasiness to the stoic Gravediggers.

Buried Alive, but I have Amazingly shred my burial gown, and dawned this Jubilee Suit.

For I live in an Age where burial is not permanent or eternal, but a state of mind, that is maintained by Doctrine.

That is why I rejoice daily, for having returned from the Grave.

– Hanif Gereau-Bey
#295933 – Keen Mountain Correctional Center

“Robert Nesta Marley”

Posted in Prisoner Art with tags , on July 26, 2009 by viprisonproject

Robert Nesta Marley

Pen & Ink by Mario Bell #372183
Wallens Ridge State Prison, VA