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Poetry for Peace Contest

The Poetry for Peace contest was held from 15 September until 14 October 2011. The winners were anounced at a ceremony at UN headquarters in New York.

Below is one of the contest entries.


PEACE

Heartsease
Serenity
Tranquil
Ataraxis
Smooth
Quiet
Still
Many words to communicate a state; synonyms

War!
Mental stability is lost
War!
Emotions not stable; waves lack rhythm
War!
Frequencies jammed up
War!
Vision shrouded... hearts beat overboard, sanity is lost

War!
Supposed human beings now animals
Animosity built from misguided conceptions; propaganda (did evolution take a pause?)
Hearts and minds lost in the vague
Peace!
Human beings attuned to being human
Hearts and minds crystal clear
Peace! Love feeds a mind on a quest

Peace!
The heart roots like the Buddha
Tensions diffused, hands touch hearts to ease
War; vices in character feed to weave a fright
Hands chopped off in an attempt to touch for warmth
Minds misplaced for power
Antennae of hate plunges out from the shadow
What is humanity without brotherhood?

Peace!
Its essence seems lost
What is the reason for lost pursuit; propaganda?
Peace! Simplicity nurtures the human heart
The sun gives birth to passion
Humidity peaks, warmth awaits for a release
Rivers flow for cleansing purity
Peace!




— Elikplim Akorli
 

 


All Poems Submitted to the Contest

 

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