Anthony Powers

– I DISAGREE –

I disagree with a week long moratorium on violence.

I disagree with inhumane treatment that is met with silence.

I disagree with a week as that is only temporary change.

I disagree because we need to focus on positive long range.

I disagree with excluding some due to their past.

I disagree with those who claim the good always finish last.

I disagree with stereotypes, as they are a mental pollution.

I disagree with segregating ourselves, rather than working towards a solution.

I disagree with viewing my life as being over or on pause because I’m in prison.

I disagree with allowing concrete and steel to cloud my vision.

I disagree with hostile thoughts, as they only lead to hostile action.

I disagree with hostile acts, as they only give a false sense of satisfaction
I disagree with treating others in ways inhumane.

I disagree with those who say that my attempts at REDEMPTION are only in vain.

I disagree that if I don’t do a negative act someone else will.

I disagree that the road to positive is all uphill.

I now know that violence can never be the key.

As for those who claim that it is, I can only say,

I disagree.

Anthony Powers
DOC #721689

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  1. what a beautiful piece of writing. the voice really lifts at the end–it’s very powerful, and the way it’s crafted, line by line AA, BB rhyme scheme, drives it home. My favorite is the line “I disagree with viewing my life as being over or on pause because I’m in prison,” and the one immediately following–“I disagree with allowing concrete and steel to cloud my vision.”

    This is one hell of a response to the week long moratorium. It obviously really got to you, and this is how you responded. Because this is how writers operate, especially poets. This poem is very streamlined, well written and thought out, and very moving. Kudos to you.

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