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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.


Loss

After
the howling
the screaming
the rage
weeping
sobbing
curled
in a ball
hugging one's knees
head
bent
into legs
shutting
out
the realisation
the thoughts
of the awfulness
out of one's mind,
despair;
life stares ahead of you
dreary
grey
without passion
without joy
just tiredness
pain
but not just that
you look at yourself
look at your life
wretchedness
nothing left
you try to remember
memories of that person
writing, pictures
but though it reminds you
you must return
and remember what you have lost
the families and friends left behind are also, greatly
victims of war


— William Davis
 

 


All Poems Submitted to the Contest

 

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