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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.

happy day to die
 amid man's and planet's ruins
ascending from Hell

starshine uncontained
potent messaging released
cackles through airwaves

March of novelty
sad kabuki metaphor
drowns in destruction

Not with a Bang

calm light
through bare-branch silhouettes.
Ice, frozen in time
sparkles, gives no reasons.
Still.  Cold.
Nature cycles.
Out on the battlefield of man
brutal bleeding
shattering of bones and dreams
too loud and crazed
to be heard
reverberates in shattered brains.
Once a molten planet
shot out of star stuff
gestated plains and seas,
rocky terrain.
Spinning so merrily,
with no idea of sadness,
spiraling cycles
set into motion.

In crystal stillness
frozen tears break and fall
slowly, silently, into time
knowing not what we have wrought.

Unite Song

It's not about
black or white
might is right
fuel to fight

It's not about
East or West
who's the best
forget the rest

It's about
me and you,
if we choose,
what we can do

— Laurie Corzett


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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